FINES TO GO DIGITAL

Police will soon be able to issue electronic infringement notices (EIN) under changes to be introduced to NSW Parliament, freeing up officers to spend more time on the frontline.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant today announced the Government's intention to change legislation that would allow frontline police to issue fines via email and mobile text message.

It follows a successful trial in which officers were able to give offenders the option to receive fines electronically either by email or text message.

Mr Grant said the trial showed increased ease and efficiency for both police and offenders.

"Officers involved in the trial found they were able to complete the process of issuing an infringement without having to return to the station which meant they spent more time out on the beat," Mr Grant said.

"This is of even greater benefit to those officers in country areas who currently have to travel long distances in order to return to their station to complete these administrative tasks."

While the trial involved a limited range of traffic infringement notices, it is now intended to enable NSW Police to issue an EIN for any offence which can attract an infringement notice as a penalty.

"The wider use of electronic infringement notices will mean increased flexibility and less paperwork for police and it will mean people receive and pay their fines more quickly.

"While there is nothing voluntary about receiving an infringement notice, those fined will have the option to receive the notice electronically or on paper under these reforms," Mr Grant said.

"Those who cannot or are uncomfortable with receiving an electronic infringement notice will still have the option of receiving a paper-based notice."

Anyone who provides a false email address or mobile number or fails to pay the fine by the due date will be followed up by the Office of State Revenue.

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