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Traffic ticket amnesty for delinquent motorists

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:00 AMEdmond Campbell
Mike Henry, minister of transport and mining, making his Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament yesterday.

Delinquent motorists who have accumulated traffic tickets will be given an amnesty to settle their obligations before the new Road Traffic Act is introduced.

Debate on the far-reaching Road Traffic Bill has already started in the House of Representatives, and it is expected that the portfolio minister will make his closing contribution to the debate soon.

Making his presentation to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry said that the plan is to allow motorists to pay outstanding traffic tickets without attracting demerit points. He said that this would give motorists the opportunity to begin with a clean slate when the new law is implemented.

Highlighting plans to improve public transportation, Henry said that the Transport Authority was in the process of establishing 100 new taxi routes islandwide. He said that this would result in 2,500 new licences being offered to operators.

The minister also announced that the Transport Authority is working on specifications for new vehicles providing public passenger transport, with defined criteria for a city taxi. The vehicles will be required to have wheelchair access.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com