Kalinak: Fines to Be Collected by Single Specialised Authority

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Interior Minister Robert Kalinak. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, May 3 (TASR) – Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD) is entertaining the notion of centralising the collection of all fines imposed by state bodies under the remit of his ministry, TASR learnt after the Government session on Wednesday.

This means that a specialised central authority to enforce fines could be created and staffed by approximately one hundred employees. Kalinak would like to locate it in central Slovakia and extend employment to people with disabilities as well. The purpose of the new authority is to facilitate the handling of the current burden stemming from processing a large number of fines.

“The number of different types of fines burdening district offices is on the rise and just physically processing the data poses an enormous problem,” said the interior minister, adding that the idea hasn’t yet been drafted on paper.

Kalinak explained that the new authority would be tasked with managing the fines that are currently piled up at district offices under the remit of the ministry. This would also alleviate the load that is currently weighing down the Transport and Construction Ministry and the National Highway Company regarding the fines for highway stickers.

Transport Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) perceives the potential benefits of centralisation in speeding up the process. “Fines will be controlled from a single centre and I think that’s good,” he claimed.