COURT officials now have new powers to help claw back millions of pounds owed by criminals who fail to pay court fines and victims' compensation.
The new sanctions include towing non-payers' cars away and selling them to recoup the fines, along with credit blacklisting.
Direct orders can also be made to compensate victims.
The extra powers come on top of changes in early 2004 which gave officials the power to deduct cash direct from offenders' wages or benefits.
National figures show the fines collection rate has risen from 55% almost three years ago to 83% this year. West Yorkshire is already beating that by collecting 85% of fines.
The West Yorkshire total in March 2003 was 59%.
Miss Maureen Diamond, district operations director for HM Courts Service in West Yorkshire, said the new powers give officials the flexibility to use different methods to collect unpaid fines.
The overall aim is to free-up court time so magistrates only need to deal with fine defaulters as a last resort when jail looks the most likely option.
Miss Diamond said: "Once people default we will contact them and try to sort out a level of payment at an amount they can afford.
"We have also worked closely with partners, including the police, which means we get information from the Police National Computer to help us track down offenders.
"We will also have access to information from credit reference agencies."
This all helps the officials to find out where defaulters live and assess their true financial position.
When magistrates and Crown Court judges now hand out fines, they will be backed with Collection Orders giving officials the new powers to collect the cash.
Miss Diamond said: "It means we can look at each case on its individual merits."
Those who genuinely cannot afford to pay can even have their fines converted to unpaid community work.
Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman said: "Victims of crime are the biggest beneficiaries of the new fines collection scheme.
"Not just in terms of collecting money owed to them, but because it shows criminals are being properly punished and justice is being done.
"Fines are not a soft option, but to ensure they are a credible sentencing option they need to be enforced and that's what this new scheme does.
"It gives magistrates and enforcement officers greater powers to deal with criminals more effectively."