A new payment order system set up this year allows Federal Public Finance Service (FPS Finance) to organise a forced execution of the amount due. This step encourages offenders to pay on time. In the absence of payment or appeal, the FPS Finance can, for example, deduct the amount of the fine from the reimbursement of any taxes that may be due.
Justice Minister Koen Geens emphasised the impact of the new system in reducing the workload of the police, the administration and the public prosecutor’s offices.
Federal Highway Police director Koen Ricour discussed the automation process. “Although this strengthens our fight for road safety, we must not lose sight of the fact that speeding remains one of the main causes of accidents and this shows that we must continue our efforts,” he said.
“This automation project also allows more police officers to be deployed in the field for road safety. People are paying faster and more often, but I would prefer them to drive slower,” he added.