A force spokeswoman said the sharp increase was because the list of offences attracting instant fines
was continually growing.
162(f) deny a deduction for both criminal and civil penalties, as well as for sums paid in settlement of a potential liability for a fine
The preliminary results were presented at an October meeting of the DES C&D Fines
"With our national dedicated team of fines
enforcement officers, nonpayment of a fine
or nonengagement is not an option." Most fines
can be paid round the clock at www.scotcourts.gov.uk/payyourfine or by calling 0300 790 0003.
The 41st Quarterly Fines
Report reveals that collection rates in Scotland's sheriff courts and justice of the peace courts have risen above 90 per cent.
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, PS688,000 in fines
was issued with PS465,000 paid, for Banff the figure was PS42,000 with PS32,000 settled.
The ministry points out that the reasoning for this is that the previous fines
have not been effective enough to prevent smoking and tobacco retail violations, as well as to better protect the health of non-smokers.
'A sentence of imprisonment in default of payment of fine
is only a punishment for non-payment of fine
and it is not a substitute for the sentence of fine
,' observed Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in a judgement he authored.
Coming into force this May, retailers are required to pay the high fines
within 15 days.
Kreidler suspended $200,000 of the fine
as long as the company completes a compliance plan to correct the violations.
Citizens may also use this service in payment of traffic fines
and for enquiry on the same.