Ministries present conflicting figures on outstanding traffic tickets
Two government ministries have given a parliamentary committee vastly different figures for the number of traffic tickets that are outstanding.
The Ministry of National Security, in a report to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), said 296,749 outstanding traffic tickets have accumulated between September 2010 and November last year.
These tickets have a total value of $615 million.
However, the Justice Ministry, in its report to the PAAC, indicated that between 2010 and the end of last year, there were 990,388 outstanding tickets with a total value of $1.1 billion.
"So there is a difference there of 600,000 tickets. Obviously there is some breakdown in the communication," said chairman of the PAAC Dr Wykeham McNeill
Further, McNeill said the report from the Ministry of National Security revealed that there are 313 persons with 50 or more outstanding tickets accounting for more than 25,000 of the total figure.
"If you have 300 persons with 50 tickets what are they doing driving on the roads?" he questioned.
"Something is wrong, the system has broken down," McNeill insisted during a meeting of the PAAC now taking place at Gordon House in downtown Kingston.