Serious financial hardship
4.31 Where a person claims that payment of a fine proposed by the Registration Authority will cause them serious financial hardship, the Registration Authority will consider whether to reduce the proposed fine based on the following considerations:
a. the person provides verifiable evidence that payment of the proposed fine would cause them to suffer serious financial hardship; and
b. the person provides full and timely disclosure of the verifiable evidence and cooperates fully with any enquiries the Registration Authority may make about their financial position.
4.32 It is the responsibility of the person concerned to satisfy the Registration Authority that payment of the proposed fine would cause them to suffer serious financial hardship. It is not the Registration Authority’s responsibility to establish that the person has the means to pay the proposed fine.
4.33 However, in some cases, even where a person has demonstrated that a proposed fine would cause serious financial hardship, the Registration Authority may consider the contravention to be so serious that it is not appropriate to reduce the proposed fine.
4.34 Such circumstances include, providing false or misleading information to the Registration Authority, deliberate and repeated breaches of licensing requirements or where previous action by the Registration Authority has not been successful in bringing about a change in behavior by the person involved.