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What you need to know about the Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

 

- Delinquent motorists can now make payments for outstanding traffic tickets dating back to September 2010.

- The Government's traffic ticket amnesty took effect on August 2 and ends on October 31, 2017.

- Motorists can make payments online at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm, using any valid internationally accepted credit card, provided that the traffic ticket number is reflected.

- Motorists can also visit any tax office islandwide to make payments by presenting their traffic ticket or by providing the ticket number for easy processing.

- For the period of the amnesty, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will open on Saturdays, starting August 12, at several offices from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

- St Andrew

- Montego Bay

- Mandeville

- Savanna-la-Mar

- Spanish Town

- May Pen

- St Ann's Bay

- Portmore

- Motorists can make further queries on outstanding tickets by contacting the Jamaica Constabulary Force's specially arranged Traffic Ticket Amnesty Call Centre at 948-0411 Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

- The House of Representatives recently passed the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Act 2017.

- The objective of the law is to:

- Enhance revenue administration and collection

- Afford persons an opportunity to clear their driving record before the enactment of the new Road Traffic Act

- Improve the efficiency of the courts

- Reduce the number of cases in the court.

- Data show that outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total $2,283,841,900.

- Additionally, the records of the Inland Revenue Department show $565,925,300 in outstanding traffic tickets as at December 31, 2016.