Richmond owed up to $480K yearly for unpaid tickets 0
The City of Richmond is owed between $360,000 and $480,000 each year from those not paying bylaw fines — especially parking violations.
That amount has been referred to a collections agency each year, but only about 20% is recovered after a year, city spokeswoman Kim Decker said.
Broken down, there are approximately 4,200 to 5,600 tickets each year that have to be passed along to a collections agency, according to Richmond.
Each fine is worth at least $75, but can theoretically go up to $5,000 in the cases of fines issued by the courts for land misuse, such as for “operating a home as a hotel.”
“The challenge of collecting unpaid fines for most jurisdictions, including municipalities, courts and law enforcement agencies — we’re all in the same boat,” Decker said.
The worst offenders are those given parking tickets, Decker said, followed by dog owners who don’t have a proper licence.
Those who don’t want to pay their tickets can book their dispute with the city, Decker said, and be placed in front of a “screening officer” to argue their case, as long as they make the request within 28 days of the fine being issued.
There is, however, an additional $25 fee levied against those whose dispute claims are rejected.