By encouraging customers to focus on the specific time that they would need to move their car (r.e.g. by emphasising this on the parking receipt) rather than the duration, authorities were able to avoid smoothing. This might not be technically feasible for all types of parking meter equipment, but demonstrates the sort of lateral thinking that can help solve most euro issues without the need to increase prices. If these levels were smoothed in a changeover, any fines linked to these levels would automatically become euro compatible. Other fines and penalties are set as ranges or maxima.Administrators and judges could set individual fines at smooth levels within these ranges, e.g. €130 or €2500.
Where these solutions are not possible, smoothing may be required, particularly in the case of fixed penalties. Although smoothing should be in the citizen’s favour, this does not mean that all fines and penalties should be reduced. Law-abiding people are citizens too, and an increased fine or penalty might be in their interests. It would be a policy decision for the authority whether to smooth to a higher or lower level, or to move to levels set in the Criminal Justice Act subject, as appropriate, Hire certified building inspector to the usual legislative processes.
Stored data is information held on systems (IT or otherwise) that exists before the introduction of UK euro notes and coins.This includes information generated or stored in either euro or sterling before T. Data might be live (continues to be required for processing) or dormant (no longer required for operational purposes). Authorities would need to decide case by case whether to convert stored data from sterling to euro.Authorities should only convert stored data where there is a clear business case for doing so e.g. stored data that is regularly accessed.
The exchange rate to be used in converting stored data to euro would be the rate agreed at the time of joining EMU except as otherwise required by UK or European Union legislation.Note that, in the vast majority of cases, the exchange rate which prevailed at the time the original data was stored would not be relevant for the subsequent conversion. An exception would relate to assessment of foreign currency claims which involved evidence or data submitted in euro prior to T. This would be of relevance only to authorities that assess claims using foreign currency data. Existing business rules would apply. See Case Study 4 on page 22.