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Parliament passes Traffic Amnesty bill

Posted: April 24, 2012

Traffic violators who owe fines prior to September 20, 2010 are to get a six month amnesty period.


Minister of National Security Peter Bunting is to name a start-up date for the amnesty.


The measure was passed by the Senate last year and today (April 24) by the House of Representatives.


Minster Bunting, who piloted the legislation, pointed out that if payments are made to the courts, it would overwhelm the court system.


He said consideration is being given to where the outstanding ticket fines should be paid.


Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesman Delroy Chuck said that there are compact discs with information about traffic violators, which will help in identifying offenders.


He noted that the total fines could run into millions of dollars, of which 18 % would go to the Justice Ministry and 42 % to the National Security Ministry.


However, Opposition Member Pearnel Charles raised concern about the motive behind the amnesty, calling it bad governance.


Mr. Charles said that it is wrong to give offenders the impression, that they could just pay a fine, because government wants to collect the outstanding funds, while at the same time, escape sanctions for the offence committed.

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