The Center for the Collection of Fines in the Enforcement and Collection Authority, which collects the corona fines imposed by the police, reports this morning (Monday) that in the last 12 days, Israeli citizens have been given about 52,000 fines in the amount of NIS 42 million. Since the beginning of the crisis, citizens who violated the regulations have been fined NIS 510,000, in the amount of NIS 312 million. Over 90% of the fines were given for not wearing a mask. One-third of the requests for cancellation of reports filed by citizens against Corona fines issued by police were granted.
Since the beginning of 2021, 12,000 fines have been paid in the total amount of NIS 7 million, compared with the period before the last closure, when an average of NIS 2.5 million a week was paid, for about 5,000 fines.
As of early January, 59,608 applications had been submitted by citizens for the cancellation of Corona reports issued by the police, of which 19,246 reports were approved for cancellation. In fact, about a third of the requests for cancellation of reports submitted were accepted.
The director of the Center for the Collection of Fines at the Enforcement and Collection Authority, Doron Infrastructure, stated that the center was prepared to send reminders to all debtors who have not yet paid the fine, before the fine accumulates additional arrears of 50% after the due date.
"We do everything we can to reach the debtors and remind them to pay the fines on time. It bothers me that in addition to the fine they will also have to pay additional arrears. So far, 137,211 have already paid these fines, (collected a total of about 68 million shekels). 133,000 citizens have not paid and the arrears have been added to the debt.
"Unfortunately, about 900 debtors who have passed the deadline for payment of the fine they received, and who did not apply to settle the debt, paid after their bank account was foreclosed. We really do not want to reach these stages, but when there is no choice then we will take action. "And we will enforce them as required. And yet, the right way to avoid these fines and maintain health is to adhere to guidelines."