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Gov't encouraging lawlessness by extending traffic ticket amnesty – Scott-Mottley

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:47 PM
Senator Scott-Mottley noted that with the possibility of collecting $2.8 billion in unpaid tickets and the government raking in over $500 million in the last amnesty, she understands the temptation to try for more.

Leader of Opposition business in the Senate Donna Scott-Mottley has raised concern that the government is encouraging lawlessness in its pursuit of additional revenue by introducing another traffic ticket amnesty.

She raised the concern as the Senate debated the bill which intends to give a 45-day amnesty to motorists starting Monday.

Senator Scott-Mottley noted that with the possibility of collecting $2.8 billion in unpaid tickets and the government raking in over $500 million in the last amnesty, she understands the temptation to try for more.

However, she said the need for revenue should not override principle.

She argued that it could foster of culture of lawbreaking by motorists who will then wait for another amnesty.

 

Leader of Opposition business in the Senate Donna Scott-Mottley

Government Senator Kavan Gayle also raised a similar concern.

 

Government Senator Kavan Gayle

Senator Gayle said the government must urgently bring the new road traffic bill to the Parliament.