A PORSCHE driver was given a shock as his Boxster sports car was clamped outside his home – after he failed to pay a fine for not having motor insurance.

The case was one of more than 90 fines dodgers in the Glasgow area being forced to settle their fines after finding that their cars had been clamped or bank accounts arrested.

A total of 75 offenders paid up more than £17,000 after their accounts were seized.

A Possilpark man who owed £1200 in fines imposed at Glasgow JP Court for importing knives and having drugs with intent to supply quickly settled the amount when he found his bank account had been arrested.

A Cambuslang driver who was fined a total of £975 for 13 offences including breach of the peace, possession of drugs and a motoring offence but had paid only £170 of the amount, stumped up the remaining £805 after a bank arrestment order was issued by fines enforcement officers.

Clamping teams have also been successful in getting a number of non-payers to settle outstanding amounts.

The Boxster sports car had been immobilised outside the driver's Cambuslang home and he was forced to stump up the £150 fine he owed for not having motor insurance within hours.

He was one of 18 people who paid up after finding their vehicles clamped over the last quarter.

SCTS Chief Operations Officer David Fraser said: “The latest Quarterly Fines Report reflects a 10-year success story of steady improvement in fines collection and illustrates how fines enforcement teams continue to be highly effective in securing unpaid fines.

"It is very unwise not to pay a fine or not to engage with an enforcement officer if someone is having difficulty paying.

"It can lead to being arrested at an airport or having a vehicle clamped as the recent detention at Prestwick Airport shows.

"With our national dedicated team of fines enforcement officers, non-payment of a fine or non-engagement is simply not an option.”

The 41st Quarterly Fines Report has been published by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and reveals that collection rates in Scotland’s Sheriff Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts have risen above 90 per cent, reflecting very high collection rates across the board.

It shows that 91 per cent of the value of Sheriff Court fines imposed during the three year period between 2015/16 and 2017/18 has either been paid or is on track to be paid as at 22 July 2019 – a rise of one percentage point over the last quarter.

The value of JP Court fines shows a similar one percentage point rise to 91 per cent over the same period.

In addition, collection rates for Fiscal Penalties and Police Fixed penalties have both also risen by two percentage points over the same period, meaning 78 per cent of the value of Fiscal Penalties imposed during the three-year period has either been paid or is on track to be paid and 80 per cent of Police Fixed Penalties.

These high rates reflect continuing success by Fines Enforcement Units in rigorously pursuing non-payers through measures such as arrest warrants, seizing bank accounts or clamping cars.

Arresting non-payers travelling through ports and airports, clamping vehicles, arresting earnings, freezing bank accounts are among enforcement measures available to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) for recovering unpaid fines.

Non-payers can also have money taken directly from benefits and more than 6,300 benefit deduction orders were issued in the last quarter alone.