Government Will Not Grant Further Traffic Ticket Amnesty, Warns PM

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has made it clear that there will not be another amnesty for motorists who violate the provisions of the new Road Traffic Act.

The deadline for motorists to clear outstanding tickets was February 1st.

Mr. Holness explained that the timely issuance of warrants was a major failure of the previous traffic management system, which led to no consequences for those who didn’t pay.

He assured that technology would address this and other issues.

  

There were concerns that the government was focusing on generating revenue from the new act, but Mr. Holness emphasized that the goal is to curb bad behaviour and prevent road fatalities.

The higher fines are not aimed at earning money but rather encouraging compliance for the safety of all road users.

A social media post by the Jamaica Constabulary Force indicated that tickets totalling almost $35 million were issued in the first five days of implementation of the new act, but Mr. Holness made it clear that the government has no real interest in profiting from bad behavior.

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