A SPER enforcement officer clamps a wheel of a seized vehicle (Photo: SPER)

May 6, 2022

A team of enforcement officers from the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) will be conducting operations across the South Burnett over the coming week to crack down on people who refuse to pay their SPER debts.

SPER Enforcement Director Kim Easton said about 20,000 individuals and businesses across the Wide Bay Burnett region owed nearly $55 million in unpaid fines and penalties.

“SPER enforcement officers will be conducting a field enforcement operation across the region focusing on Kingaroy, Nanango and surrounding areas to encourage debtors in these towns to pay the money they owe the people of Queensland,” Mr Easton said.

“Debtors who refuse to pay their SPER debts can have money taken from their wages or bank accounts or have their cars clamped, seized and towed to encourage them to meet their obligations.

“This will involve SPER officers visiting debtors’ homes or workplaces.”

He said recent operations in Townsville, Cairns, Gladstone and Rockhampton had recovered $10 million in collections and payment plan commitments.

During these operations, more than 90 vehicles were seized, with many other vehicle owners paying their debts on the spot.

More than 30 of the seized vehicles have been sold to pay down their owners’ debts.

Mr Easton encouraged anyone in the South Burnett with an outstanding debt to contact SPER before it was necessary for officers to take enforcement action.

“SPER debts are money owed to Queenslanders and debtors who continually ignore warnings and refuse to pay will be subject to tough consequences,” he said.

“SPER debts don’t go away – they will catch up with you.

“Anyone who is having trouble paying for whatever reason should contact SPER to discuss available payment options to avoid enforcement action.”

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