People flouting court fines "could have their vehicles clamped, be refused credit, or have the outstanding debt automatically taken from their earnings or benefts", as a result of proposals announced by Constitutional Affairs Secretary Lord Falconer on Monday. In addition, magistrates' courts will be able to use the Police National Computer to track down defaulters with criminal records.
Lord Falconer said the government intends to legislate early this year to implement the proposals as soon as possible.
He said: "Victims of crime and the taxpaying public demand and expect effective enforcement. Offenders must pay the price for breaking the law and justice has to be seen to be done."
The ministe added, "Magistrates and enforcement officers now have much broader powers. Fines are no longer w...