Sun | Oct 21, 2018

Traffic ticket amnesty rakes in $71 million, says TAJ

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 4:40 PM

With less than a week before the end of the second traffic ticket amnesty, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says it has collected $71 million so far.

The TAJ says this was generated from the processing of 38,000 traffic tickets since November 27.

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

Motorists have until January 13 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.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has warned that those who do not take advantage of the second amnesty will be vigorously pursued.

The government collected more than $590 million during the first amnesty which ran from August to October last year.

Yesterday, the TAJ said it has begun to see an uptick in the number of persons visiting its offices to make payments.

In the meantime, it is urging persons to make greater use of its online payment platform to minimise waiting times.

TAJ says payments can be made on its online platform at anytime using a credit card.

However, persons must have tickets to make payment whether online or at its offices.