In an Australia first, Tasmanian police will now issue infringement notices electronically on tablet computers.
Police will use a mobile app they developed in-house to input data, doing away with handwritten fines.
It is estimated not having to return to the station should save more than 20 hours a day, or the equivalent of two extra police on the beat.
Assistant Commissioner Phil Wilkinson says the new app is being used by traffic police in the south and marine police, but will soon be rolled out statewide.
Legislation is expected to go before Parliament shortly allowing police to issue infringement notices for more offences, such as public drunkenness.
“Rather than receiving a bail notice they’d receive an infringement notice so they’d be fully aware of what their penalty was,” he said.
“So they could just pay it and have it dealt with in that way.”