The Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, has announced the commencement of an amnesty on outstanding traffic tickets, issued before September 21, 2010.
The amnesty, which is designed to address a significant backlog of unpaid traffic ticket fines, came into effect on July 1, 2012 and will last for six months.
During the amnesty, an offender who pays the fine in full on a qualifying traffic ticket will be completely cleared of the offence. All attached penalties, including loss of points, and the obligation to attend court will no longer apply.
The Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Act, 2012 was successfully passed in the House of Representatives in April of this year in order to facilitate the current amnesty.
According to Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting: “The amnesty is another initiative in the Government’s continued thrust to encourage responsible use of our roads. It will allow many drivers to make a fresh start and help to clear the thousands of outstanding traffic tickets, while also bringing much needed relief to the already over-burdened court system.”
In making the announcement, Minister Bunting also disclosed that a comprehensive revision of the Road Traffic Act is nearing completion.
The National Security Minister said that along with the modern ticketing system now in place, the amnesty will strengthen the effectiveness of law enforcement as it relates to road traffic violations. “The Government is offering this pardon to certain categories of traffic offenders to enable them to become compliant with the law while maintaining the integrity of our traffic ticketing system.” said Minister Bunting.
The Minister stressed the point that, offenders with outstanding traffic tickets, who do not make use of the amnesty, will have the full force of the law brought against them.
He also emphasized that during the period of the amnesty the authorities will continue to enforce the law, so persons with outstanding tickets are still liable for prosecution until and unless they take advantage of the amnesty and pay the outstanding fines.
Minister Bunting also used the opportunity to remind the public that unpaid traffic tickets may adversely affect the renewal of private and general driver's licences as well as the renewal of driver's badges and road licences for PPV operators.
Payments are to be made at any of the 29 Tax Offices islandwide.
However in order to avoid undue delays, it is recommended that the Tax Office’s usually busy days be avoided. These are: the first and last two working days of the month, as well as working days falling on the 13th, 14th and 15th.
The Ministry of National Security will be operating a call centre from 8:30am to 10:00pm, Mondays to Fridays, where more information on the amnesty or specific information as to outstanding eligible tickets may be obtained. The call centre numbers are: 928-2155/928-3450/928-9831/928-4181/930-3505/930-0147/930-0042.