Victorian fines worth $170,000 to be repaid by EPA
The EPA are set to refund $171,000 worth of fines in Victoria.
This after concerns were raised about how fines were reported and internal concerns about the system.
CEO of the EPA Niall Finegan told Melbourne Radio's 3AW the fines will be refunded to assure the public’s confidence in the system.
“Because basically it’s a third party witness claiming that something has happened, we’ve undertaken a number of audits, looking at the processes, training staff, etc,” Mr Finegan said.
“At the end of our audit, there’s 344 fines where it’s basically a line-ball call whether they should stand or not so I’ve made the call to refund those 344 fines.
“It’s from a period between November 2013 to December 2015.
“It comes to a total of $171,000 that we’ll be refunding.”
It comes after a call rang the radio station about a fine he copped for apparently throwing a cigarette out the window.
Problem was, he doesn’t smoke and wasn’t he driving at the time.
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EARLIER: A Bayswater man says he’s been hit with a hefty fine from the EPA for throwing a cigarette butt out of the window of a car.
There’s a few problems.
One, he doesn’t smoke.
Secondly, he wasn’t driving at the time.
Damian Murray told Melbourne Radio's 3AW the $634 popped up in the mail.
Understandably, he followed it up.
“They didn’t want to hear anything I had to say, basically,” Damian said.
He’s been told it’s up to him to prove his innocence – the reverse of normal justice.