A BMW driver from Brisbane owes nearly $90,000 in unpaid toll fines, but refuses to pay them because he believes all roads should be free.
The driver, a father who leases two BMWs and owns a $1 million home in a leafy suburb west of the CBD called The Gap, has 359 outstanding toll debts and infringements to his name, Brisbane City Council documents reveal.
The council is currently negotiating a settlement with the driver, a subcontractor who uses toll roads twice daily to and from work.
The documents were presented during a council meeting last night as part of a budget review.
Brisbane authorities estimated that this financial year they will spend $28.9 million chasing up debts linked to the Clem7 tunnel and Go Between Bridge, which both cross the Brisbane River.
Last financial year, the council received $12 million in toll revenue from Go Between Bridge. It does not collect tolls for Clem7 but enforces unpaid fees for the tunnel.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk reportedly said he was determined to pursue repeat toll dodgers.
"If you don't pay your fine we will chase you up and if you continue to avoid payment we will refer it to the state agency SPER [State Penalties Enforcement Registry] who will pursue you," he was quoted as saying.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Fiona Willan