Rise in fraudulent car documents - Judge warns of severe consequences
Chad Bryan, Staff Reporter
A senior magistrate at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew, has expressed concern over the number of motor vehicle fraud cases coming before the court.
Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey made the remarks in court after hearing a matter in which the police apprehended a man who was found with fraudulent insurance cover notes and fitness documents.
He was ordered fingerprinted and is to return to court on December 15 when the matter will be mentioned.
"There seems to be a big business with motor vehicle documents. The court is going to take a different view in relation to these matters," RM Pusey said.
Head of the Police Traffic headquarters, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, agreed with the magistrate that there has been an increase in the number of persons carrying fraudulent motor vehicle documents.
"We are seeing a lot of fraudulent insurance documents, especially. We have been stopping vehicles and when documents are checked, we realise that we have some forged documents. They are not coming from the appropriate authorities. This is something that has been going on for a while; you could say we're seeing an increase," Allen said.
Last week, a senior executive member at the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) reported that there are at least 100,000 vehicles on the nation's roads which are not insured.
President of the IAJ, Karen Bhoorasingh, in making a submission before a joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the Road Traffic Act, said more than 400,000 vehicles are currently operating on the roads, but the insurance industry has only about 300,000 vehicles on the books.
The senior resident magistrate then made a correlation between the number of fraudulent motor vehicle documents and motor vehicle crashes.
"There has been a rash of these incidents and, concomitantly, there is a rash of motor vehicle accidents. Whoever is manufacturing these documents needs to stop," she said.
She warned that, "We're going to make the full wrath of the law fall upon the children of disobedience. We are going to make special provisions for those people in my cell."