Proposed increase in traffic fines could drive up corruption - JATOO president
The president of the Jamaica Transport Owners and Operators Association (JATOO), Louis Barton, is raising concern that there could be more corruption if the Parliament sanctions proposed increases in road traffic fines.
A bill now being considered by a joint select committee of parliament proposes new road traffic offences and an increase in fines by as much as 1,000 per cent.
Under 'new offences' for example, a motorist who leaves his vehicle unattended while it is being refuelled can be fined $7,000.
The penalty climbs to $10,000 if the engine is running or around naked light.
Barton says the fines are draconian and some motorists, especially those with limited means, may be more inclined to bribing a cop to avoid being ticketed.
However, Barton admits that there is a clear need to bring order to the road traffic system.
According to the JATOO president, while the authorities must seek to fix the problems, higher fines alone will not help.
Under the proposed Road Traffic Act, driving without a licence will attract a fine of $2,000.
Motorists will incur a $15,000 ticket for driving without insurance or failing to show proof of insurance.
The offence of obstruction of traffic will carry a fine of $10,000, the same amount it will cost for using an electronic device while driving.
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