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Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees payment now accepted on TAJ's website

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:39 PM

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) have teamed up to provide motorists with an easier way of paying their Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees.

These fees can now be paid online on the TAJ's website. 

As a result, motorists will no longer have to visit a Tax Office to pay for fitness certificate.

The ITA Depots that will facilitate the processing of Fitness Certificates paid for online are:

Swallowfield, Harbour View and Spanish Town Road in Kingston, St Thomas, Spanish Town in St Catherine, Mandeville in Manchester, St Ann’s Bay in St Ann and Montego Bay, St James.

The online payment option is expected to be rolled out in the Port Antonio, Port Maria, Falmouth, Lucea and Black River depots by the end of the calendar year.

The Savanna-la-Mar depot, which is currently under construction, will offer the option after construction is complete.

Transport Minister Mike Henry says the new online option is in keeping with the government's thrust to make it easier for motorists to do business with the government, reduce waiting time at tax offices, as well as, reducing opportunities for corruption.

Meanwhile, Chief Corporate Communications Officer at the TAJ, Meris Haughton, says the process is simple and requires motorists to log into the TAJ Payment Portal using their client login or creating an account.

Haughton explains that customers may click on the ‘Pay Your Motor Vehicle Fees’ tab or select ‘The Motor Vehicle Fees’ option under ‘Pay Other Taxes and Fees’ and choose the option for their vehicle type.

A TRN, a branch number where applicable and a valid credit are required to complete the transaction.

The motorist may then print the Statement of Payment or record the Reference Number before proceeding to any of the participating ITA Depots to have the vehicle inspected and certified.

Upon arrival at the ITA Depot, motorists may then present The Statement of Payment or Reference Number, TRN and the date the fee was purchased.