JATOO questions proposed Road Traffic Act
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Photographer
The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) has charged that sections of the proposed Road Traffic Act will breach the constitutional right of motorists.
The legislation is now being reviewed by a parliamentary committee.
Of particular concern for JATOO are the provisions which mandate that certain traffic offences must be paid at a revenue collection service instead of at a traffic court.
Attorney-at-law, Garth Lyttle, who made submissions on behalf of JATOO, suggested that these provisions contravene the right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the constitution.
Lyttle says the provisions also trample on the judicial authority of judges at the traffic court.
JATOO is suggesting that the proposed fines for some traffic offences be reduced.
Some breaches of the Road Traffic Act will result in fines as high as $250,000 and the JATOO attorney says some of them are outrageously high.
He also argued that more may end up in prison because of their inability to pay.
Meanwhile, Lyttle says there needs to be clear definitions for the offences of careless driving, dangerous driving and reckless driving.
He says at present these offences are left to the determination of the police and this must be corrected.
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