Police respond to ‘unpaid Covid fines’ reports
Humberside Police have issued 210 fixed penalty notices so far during the Covid crisis.
Many of these are still being processed through the system, “so whilst they are not included in the figures that are reported as paid yet, we do expect that they will be paid in due course,” said Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson.
He added: “Of the cases which have been through the court system in our area, the average fine has been set at around £600.
“The vast majority of the public are abiding by the rules and we encourage everyone to do so. We have some of the highest infection rates in the country in our area and the rules are in place to help reduce these rates, protect the NHS and save lives.”
The Assistant Chief Constable was speaking in response to national media reports that figures suggested more than three in five coronavirus fines had gone unpaid in some parts of England.
A freedom of information request by the Daily Mail revealed that nine forces saw 60% or more of the penalties go unpaid within 28 days between March 27 and September 21.
The total number of fines issued in England and Wales within this period was 18,912.
The highest proportion of unpaid fines was in the Cleveland force area, where 72% of fines for the period, 215 out of 298, went unpaid, claimed the newspaper.
According to the Daily Mail, among the regional forces where 60% or more of the penalties went unpaid within 28 days was Humberside (63%, 88 out of 140).
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson added: “I ask anyone who is feeling more complacent this time, is fatigued by lockdown or is considering take extra risks to please re-think.
“The second wave has so far been far more serious than the first wave and if we want to be able to have more freedom to do more sooner, then we need to do the right thing now.
“Many people are thinking about Christmas and want to spend time with their families over the festive period. We don’t yet know whether or not this will be possible, but if we’re going to maximise our chances of being able to do it then people should follow the rules now and help reduce the R rate as quickly as we can and not be distracted by trying to find ways to bend the rules or avoid paying fines.”
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