Types of enforcements

Enforcement actions are legislated measures that can be applied by the Fines Unit and include:

Restriction on Transacting Business with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles

When this enforcement is applied, a person or organisation is prohibited from transacting business with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles - for example, they cannot renew their registration or driver’s licence, or transfer ownership of a vehicle.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70N of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Suspension of driver's licence

The Fines Unit can give notice that a person’s driver’s licence will be suspended if their outstanding fines are not addressed within the next 14 days (from the date of the notice).  If the person continues to ignore their fines, then their driver’s licence will be suspended.

A suspension of a driver’s licence by the Fines Unit is different to a licence disqualification and can occur regardless of the number of demerit points a person has.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70M of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Clamping and impounding of a vehicle

The Fines Unit can clamp or impound any vehicle used by a person with outstanding fines, whether that person owns the vehicle or not.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70O of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Garnishment (Automatic payments from a person’s salary or bank account)

The Fines Unit can arrange automatic payments from a person's salary or bank account without their permission. This is called a 'garnishee order'. If the Fines Unit applies this enforcement action, an employer or financial institution is bound by law to comply.

Costs incurred in the application of a garnishee order can also be added to the amount owed.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.
This enforcement action is taken in accordance with section 70L of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Seizure and Sale of Property

The Fines Unit can seize and sell assets, including property, in order to recover overdue fine debts. Other assets such as motor bikes, computers, mobile devices, boats, trailers and cars can also be seized and sold. Costs incurred in the seizure and sale of assets (for example the cost of removal and storage) will be added to the amount owed.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70K of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Charge on Land

The Fines Unit can apply to the Land Titles Office for a 'charge on land' on real estate owned by a person or organisation with oustanding fines. Once applied, the 'charge on land' remains in place until the fines are paid.  If fines remain outstanding, the Fines Unit can take action to sell the property and the outstanding fines will be paid from the sale.

If a charge on land has been applied, the property owner will be notified and it will also show on a Land Titles search.

Costs incurred in the application of a charge on land will also be added to the amount owed.

A charge on land will be lifted upon payment of the outstanding fines.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70G of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).

Publication of Names

The Fines Unit is able to publish the names of individuals and registered companies that have overdue fines.

If this enforcement action has been applied, you will need to pay your fine(s) in full or contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit to discuss further.

This enforcement action is taken in accordance with Section 70Q of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA).