Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Last day to pay traffic ticket fines

When tax offices across the island open at 10:00 Saturday morning, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will be bracing for a rush on its facilities as Jamaicans scramble to pay traffic ticket fines on the last day of the extended Traffic Ticket Amnesty.

To date, $150 million has been collected since the implementation of phase two of the amnesty on November 27. This is up from $86 million on Tuesday.

Overall the TAJ has now collected $740 million since the first phase of the ticket amnesty which initially ran from August to October and which netted $590 million.  

The TAJ says it has put measures in place to deal with the last minute rush including additional security at all tax offices that will be open today. It says it has sought the assistance of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to deal with crowd control and traffic management.

In a statement, TAJ says its personnel will also be on hand to guide persons to service areas as well as provide information to help with the smooth flow of customer traffic throughout the day.

The amnesty covers tickets issued since 2010 and Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has warned that motorists who refuse to pay could find themselves locked up at ‘Red Fence’ at Up Park Camp, the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force. Two additional traffic courts were opened in December at Sabina Park in Kingston to deal with the expected increase in the number of motorists who will be brought before the courts.

To facilitate the public, TAJ says the following tax offices will operate between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Saturday:
• Santa Cruz
• Kingston
• Constant Spring
• Montego Bay
• Spanish Town
• Port Maria
• May Pen
• Mandeville
• Savanna-la-mar
• St Ann's Bay

Meanwhile, the Portmore tax office will continue its regular Saturday opening hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Customers will be able to utilise the Saturday opening to pay their traffic fines inline or online using the designated eTaxSpots at any of the listed locations.

Taxpayers are reminded that they must have either the ticket number or the traffic ticket itself to facilitate easy payment either at tax offices or online via the TAJ Portal at www.jamaicatax.gov.j