Database blamed for vehicle registration system problems

An outdated computer system riddled with inaccurate records has been blamed for the poor state of Victoria's vehicle registration system, according to Ombudsman George Brouwer.

In a report tabled in the Victorian parliament yesterday, Brouwer said the failed system cost the state $554 million in unpaid fines last year.

He said the uncollected traffic fines were largely due to difficulties in issuing infringement notices because of inaccurate or out of date registration information on the Filtrates database.

"Inaccurate, incomplete and fraudulent registration records result in millions of dollars of lost revenue for the state of Victoria," he said.

The Ombudsman found the computer system "at the heart of the registration process" was outdated and needed to be replaced.

Transport Minister Peter Batchelor is reviewing a long list of recommendations included in the report.

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