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Last chance to pay outstanding tickets - Mad rush expected as amnesty expires

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
This 2012 file photo shows the Constant Spring Tax Office, St Andrew, filled to capacity with people trying to beat amnesty deadline for outstanding traffic tickets.

Delinquent motorists have the final opportunity to settle their obligations with the Government under the second traffic ticket amnesty which expires today.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is advising motorists that it has put several measures in place to accommodate hundreds of persons who are expected to converge on its tax offices today.

Tax offices will open from 10 a.m. in the following areas: Santa Cruz, Kingston, Constant Spring, Montego Bay, Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville, Savanna-la-Mar, St Ann's Bay and Port Maria. The Portmore tax office will open during its regular hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tax authorities are also advising motorists that they can use TAJ's online option, which allows them to pay their traffic ticket up to 11:59 p.m., today, without facing any penalty. Persons may use a valid credit card to make payment online at from the convenience of their homes, offices or mobile devices. This can also be done using the eSpot facility available in major tax offices, with on-spot support.

Tax Administration Jamaica is reminding motorists that they must have the traffic ticket or traffic ticket number to make a payment in line or online. Persons are advised to contact the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) special traffic ticket call centre at 948-0411 for information on outstanding tickets.

The tax authority is assuring motorists that it has increased security at all its collection points with additional support from the JCF for crowd control and traffic management.

At the end of the amnesty on January 13, the system used in the collection of traffic ticket fines will revert to its original state.