The state of New South Wales has scrapped 33,000 fines that had been issued for breaking Covid-19 measures.
The move came on Tuesday after the Supreme Court of Australia’s most populous state ruled that three fines issued during the pandemic were too vague in describing offenses.
The “fail to comply” fines were issued for a range of alleged offences, from carpooling to attending public gatherings.
InfoWars reports: State tax agency Revenue NSW said that it would withdraw “fail to comply” penalties, adding that those who had already paid the fines would be reimbursed. Other sanctions, including driver license restrictions, will be canceled.
The canceled fines represent just under half of the 62,138 COVID-related fines issued.
Revenue NSW said that the court ruling had a “technical basis” and did not mean that the offenses had not been committed.
“The Commissioner of Fines Administration is able to independently review or withdraw penalty notices,” said Revenue NSW in a statement.
“In this case, he has decided to exercise his statutory power to withdraw two types of Public Health Order fines,” it said.
The Redfern Legal Centre, which launched the legal challenge, praised the Supreme Court’s “momentous” ruling.
The center was representing three plaintiffs who had been handed fines of between 1,000 ($670, €650) and 3,000 ($2,000, €1,950) Australian dollars.