• # How to have different late fine for first hour vs rest of hours

• Article Type: General
• Product: Aleph
• Product Version: 18.01

Description:
We are setting up a laptop loan system. The laptops would be cataloged and lent out similarly to the way reserve items are lent out.

Say the loan is for 4 hours, we would like to have the late fees calculated the following way:

10 minutes grace period
\$5 flat rate for being late during the first hour
+ additional \$2 per hour starting only after the first hour - regardless of whether the library is open.

Is this possible?

I can get this far in tab16, but cannot determine how to change the fine for a 'first hour' vs subsequent hours....

col10 = 0010 (grace: 00 hours / 10 minutes)
col11 = 04800 (48 / 24 = \$2 per hour)
col14 = 3 (Total hours Fine Method)
col25 = 05.0000000 (\$5 fixed fine added)

Resolution:
What you are proposing would give you a \$7 rate during the first hour. If, instead, you specify:

col25 = 03.0000000 (\$3 fixed fine added)

that will give you a \$5.00 fine (2.00 + 3.00) during the first hour.

Note: as described in KB 16384-30497 the grace period takes precedence over the fixed fine -- which is, as I understand it, what you would want.

util f/2/10 can be used to check overdue fine calculation.

• Article last edited: 10/8/2013