Ticket amnesty ends Tuesday

By Balford Henry
Observer senior reporter

Friday, October 27, 2017

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WITH the Traffic Ticket Amnesty set to end on Tuesday, motorists are being advised to make use of the time that is left to complete the process.

The three-month amnesty, which was instituted on August 2, affects tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.

“Motorists need to understand that their record will not automatically be cleared of their traffic offences. Though the demerit points attached to the tickets will be cleared, or rather, not be assigned, the motorist's record will still reflect that they committed a traffic offence, which they have paid,” said the Ministry of National Security.

Presently, data show that the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total $2.283 billion.

Tax Administration Jamaia confirmed that approximately $300 million has been 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.

““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 Robert Montague, national security minister, earlier this month.

He was speaking at a sitting of the House of Representatives.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised that its systems, which have been updated to allow payments for the outstanding traffic tickets, will also accept payments online at, using any valid internationally accepted credit card. However, that is provided that the traffic ticket number is reflected.

Additionally, persons may visit any tax office islandwide to make payments by presenting their traffic ticket or by providing the ticket number for easy processing.

For this weekend the TAJ offices will continue the service at several offices from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, to facilitate the payments.

These offices include: St. Andrew: Montego Bay; Mandeville; Savanna-la-Mar; Spanish Town; May Pen; St Ann's Bay; and Portmore.

Under the amnesty, persons are able to pay outstanding tickets without penalties or additional fees.




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