TIME is running out for persistent fine dodgers as the Government launched a blitz to recover unpaid debts.
Operation Pay-back will see hundreds of enforcement officers at magistrates' courts, vigorously pursuing £354m of outstanding fines.
They will work with police, who will identify which outstanding warrants should be executed, verify information and accompany court arrest teams.
People who default on court-imposed and on-the-spot fines - or fixed penalty notices - could face arrest and possible jail.
Courts Minister Christopher Leslie
said: "I want fine defaulters, and the community generally, to know we take non-payment of criminal fines very seriously."
Thirty-four magistrates' courts committees are dedicating specific resources to the fines blitz. A further eight are set to follow later.
Private companies will also be allowed to collect fines in areas where courts have been ineffective.