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Watch out: Government targets Australians with overdue fines

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Lucy Hale is seen on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

One Australian state has had enough of people who procrastinate about paying their fines.

The NSW government is about to introduce changes to the Fines Act that will make it harder for offenders to come up with excuses for why they can't pay on time.

The proposed reforms include making it easier for offenders to pay via instalments, providing more options for disputing a fine, and receiving penalty notices electronically.

Offenders can also volunteer themselves as the driver at the time of the offence, rather than wait for the car's registered owner to nominate them.

A NSW government spokesperson confirmed the proposed reforms to Yahoo Finance.

In the 2018-19 financial year, almost 29 per cent of fines – adding up to more than $248 million – were not paid by the due date.

According to Revenue NSW, parking fines were overwhelmingly the biggest contributor to overdue fines, with more than 298,000 going past their deadline last financial year.

Traffic tickets handed out by police (as opposed to cameras) were a distant second, with 149,737 overdue penalty notices.

The changes are hoped to get 15,000 more fines paid on time each year, meaning more timely revenue for the government's coffers and saving costs on chasing debts.

The court system will also have 1,000 cases taken off its hands annually after these changes, according to Fairfax Media.

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