Jamaicans have wracked up more than $34 million in traffic E-tickets in the first week of the new traffic regime.
The new fines and regulations under the Road Traffic Act came into effect on February 1, after several warnings from the Government urging motorists to acquaint themselves with the Act and follow the rules of the road.
It appears these requests were not met with immediate effect as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has reported that 5,533 E-tickets were issued from February 1-6, amounting to more than $34 million. Of the more than 5,000 E-tickets issued, only 401 were paid, amounting to $2.3 million.
According to the JCF, no E-tickets for the period of February 1-6 are in court, as any court date for one of those tickets would not yet have arrived.
During a press conference yesterday (February 7), Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said the JCF recently received an additional 750 E-ticketing devices, bringing the number of devices to 820 which are being distributed across the country.
“We expect that, by the end of the year, we will no longer use the paper tickets,” said the commissioner.