Cypriots can now monitor unpaid fines online
by FFE EU News staff
After implementing a new rule that sees people with unpaid fines stopped in airports and ports, the government of Cyprus has proposed making an online portal that allows people to check and pay their dues faster and easier.
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou
According to Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou, the programme is an ‘important initiative [that] combines a new police philosophy which aims to serve the public and also the wider government policy of introducing online services as a key component of the new state model.’
The minister pointed to a research saying that most people did not know they had outstanding fines owed to the state. With the programme, the public can search and pay that amount online. He added ‘I would like to call on the public to use the programme via the police’s website, not only to meet their obligations and to avoid any unneeded inconvenience or delay if they wish to leave the island.’
Police records show that of the 182,213 total outstanding fines, 39% comes from traffic violations, 19% from criminal offences, 16% from social insurance violations and 13% from civil debts. A total of €167 million is owed from the fines.