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Jamaica to Implement New Road Traffic Act

Jamaica to Implement New Road Traffic Act

After wide-ranging deliberations and consultations with various government agencies and departments in relation to the implementation of the New Road Traffic Act in February of 2023, Cabinet yesterday (December 12, 2022) gave definitive instructions as it relates to the RTA’s implementation and the launch of the new Traffic Ticket Management System.

Cabinet, being cognizant of the overwhelming public demand for the effective implementation of the Road Traffic Act 2018 and a transparent and accountable Traffic Ticket Management System decided that;

  1. Legislative steps will be taken to render all demerit points and tickets accrued up to February 1, 2018, null and as such they will not be transitioned to the RTA 2018
  2. Provided that the tickets accrued after February 1, 2018, are paid before February 1, 2023, demerit points will be expunged upon the implementation of the RTA 2018

Cabinet wishes to advise the public that as of February 1, 2023, with the new RTA and the new Traffic Ticket Management System, there will be greater efficiency with a fully digitised process.

Cabinet also noted that over the last several years the government has done significant work to build out a robust infrastructure to ensure the proper implementation of the RTA 2018 and its 2022 regulations as well as the technological backbone for a modern TTMS system.

Cabinet recognises the concerns of well-thinking members of the public and all law-abiding owners and operators of motor vehicles who continue to obey the rules of the road.

The Chief Justice has advised that the Corporate Area Traffic Court has implemented new sittings to include Night Court and Saturday  Court to accommodate an increase in persons wishing to clear their outstanding tickets.