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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
On February 1, 2023, the Road Traffic Act of 2018 and the Road Traffic Regulations of 2022 went into effect. The Road Traffic Act regulates matters such as road signs, speed limits, and traffic laws, as well as the construction and equipment of motor vehicles. It also governs the licensing of driving schools and the certification of driving instructors.
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With the new road traffic act fully in place, there are many questions surrounding how to pay a traffic ticket in Jamaica and the various fines associated with the different traffic violations. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
You can pay for traffic tickets in Jamaica in several ways, by making the payment online, going to the tax office or using any other bill payment outlets such as Paymaster.
To make paying fines simpler, the Transport Authority of Jamaica (TASD) provides an online payment portal. Accessing the site allows drivers to settle unpaid traffic fines without going to court. For the ticket details to be displayed, users of the portal must enter both their driver's license number and the ticket number. Online traffic ticket payment is dependable, convenient, and secure. To access the portal, simply go to taxoexpress.com/ticket
Another option is by making the payment via the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) website, www.jamaicatax.gov.jm. Here are the basic steps:
A traffic ticket is uploaded to the Traffic Ticket Management System immediately after being issued. The offender has 21 days to settle the fine at the tax office, online or through any other payment method.
The ticket now becomes a summons, and the individual must appear in court on the date listed on the ticket if it is not paid within the allotted time. It is essential to remember that the offender can enter a guilty plea in response to this summons or contest the ticket, in which case a trial date will be scheduled. If the defendant enters a guilty plea, the judge will assess a fee, which must be paid to the court before the case is concluded.
Once an offender misses his court date a warrant for his or her arrest should be made. However, it is not uncommon for offenders to go on without a warrant for a long period of time, this is mostly because the court system tends to be overrun with traffic ticket airings and warrants, making it difficult to issue warrants promptly. This will soon no longer be a problem as a new electronic warrant system will be in put place shortly.
Here are the different speeding tickets in Jamaica:
There is a $20,000 fee for anyone driving an uninsured vehicle and a $30,000 fine for operating a vehicle outside of the terms of the insurance policy.
You can find a full breakdown of all the road code offences and fines by visiting this site.
Whether you are a visitor or local, with the new digitalized system there is no escaping a traffic ticket. However, a great way to navigate that is by understanding what are the main dos and don’ts of driving in Jamaica. You can get some insightful tips right here.
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