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January 3, 2013
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$340 million collected in ticket amnesty

The National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the Government has raked in $340 million in the just-ended traffic ticket amnesty.

Of that amount, around $204 million or 60 per cent was collected on Monday, December 31 - the last day of the amnesty.

The Government had estimated that there was $2.5 billion in outstanding tickets.

During the amnesty, which began on July 1, all penalties and points were waived for unpaid tickets issued before September 21, 2010 if motorists came forward to pay their fines in full.

The National Security Ministry says more than 21,000 persons showed up at tax offices islandwide on December 31.

Bunting said the National Security Ministry is aware that there are persons with unpaid tickets who did not take advantage of the amnesty.

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He noted that these persons will have to settle these tickets in the traffic court when sessions resume on Monday, January 7.

Bunting said those persons have already been issued stamped documents from the Traffic Division verifying that they had started the process of payment before the end of the amnesty.

He said these persons must go to a tax office with those documents before Friday, January 4, 2013 to complete the payment and secure the benefits of the amnesty.

Regarding individuals who claim that they have previously paid fines for tickets which are showing up as unpaid, Bunting said the Ministry of National Security, Tax Administration Jamaica, and the courts will update and reconcile their databases to determine the accuracy of such claims.

He also said where persons who have paid for tickets during the amnesty are able to provide proof of prior payments they will be eligible for a refund.

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