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$12 million collected in first week of traffic ticket amnesty – TAJ

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:57 PMJerome Reynolds

Approximately $12 million have been paid by motorists in the first week of the extended traffic ticket amnesty.

The 45-day amnesty began last week Monday.

Communication Officer at Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Leighton Beckles, says over the one week period the tax authority processed more than 6,000 transactions related to the ticket amnesty.

Beckles says TAJ is pleased with the take-up so far and is encouraging others to take advantage of the reprieve.

 

Communication Officer at Tax Administration Jamaica, Leighton Beckles,

The government had reported that it collected some $590 million over the three months of the first amnesty, which ran from August 2 to October 31.

The current amnesty applies to traffic tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and October 31, 2017.

Motorists have until January 13, 2018 to pay without penalty.

Unlike the first amnesty, motorists will still have the option to contest traffic tickets in the court.

However, they will no longer have the amnesty as an option and will have to abide by the decision of the court.

Last week, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, warned that motorists with outstanding warrants at the end of the second traffic ticket amnesty will be vigorously pursued through intensified action by the police.

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