Saturday 20 October, 2018

Traffic ticket amnesty being extended through Bill in the Senate

Motorists who still have outstanding traffic tickets dating back to 2010, are to benefit from a third ticket amnesty that is to run for 45 days from November 29, 2017, to January 13, 2018.

The promised extension of a recent amnesty was announced on Friday morning by State Minister in the National Security Ministry, Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr.

In piloting a Bill in the Senate to approve the extension, Senator Charles told the Upper House of the Parliament that the decision to extend the amnesty followed numerous requests from motorists for more time to pay.

He said the decision was also guided by the fact that the three-month amnesty which ended on October 31, netted some $590 million for the Government’s coffers.

This compared to the $400 million that was collected over six months under the previous People’s National Party administration in 2012.

Senator Charles attributed the success of the last amnesty to what he called a “rigorous public education campaign”.

The junior minister also pointed to the 45,000 calls that were received by the established call centres, and the “excellent service delivery on the part of Tax Administration Jamaica in collecting the funds”.

Motorists who make use of the amnesty will have all demerit points removed from their drivers’ licences ahead of the promulgation of the new Road Traffic Act.

Senator Charles has warned that those who fail to make use of the amnesty “will be pursued by the full force of the law”.