Manitoba government goes after woman for owing penny on photo radar ticket
Photo radar cameras are set up all around the city.
Each year speeders have to cough up millions of dollars in fines.
If people don't pay even a portion of the fine that they owe, they can expect to receive a letter in the mail.
It seems that the government wants all money owing, regardless of how small the amount.
Kathy Stoyka’s daughter got a photo radar ticket while driving her vehicle.
"The ticket appeared in the mail for 364.75," said Stoyka.
Stoyka fired off a couple of cheques to pay the fine, but she made one small mistake
The cheques didn't add up to $364.75. They were for $364.73 - one penny short.
"I got back from holidays on Monday, picked up my mail on Tuesday, and got a final notice letter from the provincial court for one cent," said Stoyka.
She called, and was told if she didn't pay up there could be serious consequences. All accounts in arrears that aren't paid go to collections.
Len Eastoe with Traffic Ticket Experts wonders how the Government would even be able to collect. "It seems like a lot of work for one penny," said Eastoe.
Especially when you factor in the cost of sending out the letter in the first place.
"They probably spent a dollar chasing a penny," said Stoyka.
Eastoe said that, while he understands why the courts would chase unpaid tickets, he's never heard of them attempting to collect a single penny.
"I think common sense needs to be applied here," said Eastoe.
According to the Manitoba Courts, it will be. Shauna Curtin, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Courts said the letter asking for Stoyka to pay a penny was an error. “And for that we must apologize to this lady," said Curtin.
Curtin said the automated system has been updated. Now letters will only go out to people owing $20 or more. Curtin said they will not be sending those small files to a collection agency. However, the debt will stay on your file.