This is a case study on successfully dismissing two-thirds of infringements.
Our client had incurred $55,073.20 worth of fines between 2010 and 2014. He rung Civic Compliance to try to be put on a payment plan but they refused to do this because of the outstanding amount of fines. With the amount outstanding, he was facing the prospect of over 400 days of imprisonment.
Our client was a self-employed builder who ran his own company. The vehicles that incurred the tollway fines were work vehicles, with his e-tags running into the red at some point due to insufficient funds but he continued to use the tollways to complete major building jobs on time. He lost his company after losing a few major building contracts and was in debt to the ATO. He went from a successful business man to being unemployed, in receipt of the Newstart Allowance.
Sophie Stafford acted on the client’s behalf at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Courts.
After hearing about our client’s personal circumstances and the troubles he had with losing his own business, the court was persuaded to dismiss $36,715 worth of fines. The $18,000 remaining was put on a payment plan of $50 per month. This was a good result as Sophie was successful in dismissing two-thirds of the infringements.