More than $200 million collected in second traffic ticket amnesty

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says preliminary figures showed that approximately $256 million was collected in traffic fines at the end of the second traffic ticket amnesty, which ran from November 27, 2017 to January 13, 2018.

In a release, TAJ said a breakdown of the figures showed that of 127,000 transactions conducted 98,814 are related to the amnesty, and of the amount $256 million collected $233 million was for outstanding tickets covered by the amnesty.

“TAJ saw a significant increase in customer traffic at tax offices islandwide, as well as on its online payment facility on the last two days of the amnesty, with over $103 million collected. Of note was that the 'virtual' tax office or online payment platform was ranked as the top collection point, collecting $20 million on the final two days,“ a TAJ release said yesterday.

The tax authority operated several tax offices on Saturday, January 13, giving taxpayers a final opportunity to benefit from the last day of the traffic ticket amnesty.

Motorists were yesterday reminded that since the ending of the amnesty on January 13, the system used in the collection of traffic ticket fines has reverted to its original state. “Therefore all tickets not paid within 21 days of being issued are no longer payable at any tax office or through the online system; as prescribed by law [they] will now have to be dealt with through the courts,” said the TAJ.

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