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2017: A rear-view glance

Friday, January 05, 2018

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THOUSANDS of Jamaican motorists converged on the island's tax offices to take advantage of the Traffic Ticket Amnesty, in which outstanding tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017 could be paid without penalties.

The three-month amnesty took effect on August 2, 2017.

The initiative by the government was aimed at increasing revenue by collecting the outstanding amounts owed by delinquent motorists.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague told the House of Representatives in July 2017 that data showed outstanding traffic tickets totalled $2.2 billion.

Additionally, there is approximately $566 million in outstanding payments owed to the courts by motorists who contested the offence and were fined after being found guilty up to December 31, 2016.

“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of the public who believe they may have an outstanding ticket to make that call before the new Road Traffic Act comes in with harsher penalties,” said Montague.

Tax Administration Jamaica confirmed that approximately $300 million was collected since the start of the amnesty, the second in the last five years. About $340 million was collected in the first amnesty in 2012/13.

— Brian Bonitto

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