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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Urges Patience as Intensive Work on the St. Thomas Leg of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project Continues
National Road Safety Council to Monitor and Provide Oversight of the Implementation of new Road Traffic Act; Government Taking Note of Public Concerns
Jamaica On Its Way to Becoming a Digital Society
“Anything I say must be unassailable” – Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Government Keeps Receipts,” Prime Minister Holness Reasserts Commitment to Accountability in Public Spending
Local Economy and Financial Sector Remain Resilient and Strong
Government Tackling Garbage, Details Plans to Develop a Total Waste Management System which will see the Closure of the Retirement and Riverton City Dumps to be Replaced by a Sanitary Landfill

Government Tackling Garbage, Details Plans to Develop a Total Waste Management System which will see the Closure of the Retirement and Riverton City Dumps to be Replaced by a Sanitary Landfill

January, 16 2023
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says a Total Waste Management system, an integrated system, will be developed in Jamaica and will see a long-term concession to construct a waste to energy plant in Jamaica. He was speaking on Saturday (January 14, 2023) at the 25th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner of the East Central St James Education Fund in Montego Bay. The Prime Minister said, “Effectively we will be creating a market, a circular economy in waste which will become material for energy generation; waste therefore will soon have value.” The Prime Minister said the Retirement and Riverton City Dumps will be closed and replaced by a sanitary landfill to be constructed via a public-private partnership in the center of the island where land has already been identified. The Prime Minister said there will also be a long-term concession for the collection of waste and the building of transfer stations. Cabinet is expected to obtain by the end of January 2023, the business cases for these projects for approval, following which proposals will be invited from investors. Once a new Municipal Waste Management System has been engaged, Prime Minister Holness underscored that the mode of work of the National Solid Waste Management Authority…
Prime Minister’s New Year’s Message 2023

Prime Minister’s New Year’s Message 2023

January, 01 2023
We give God thanks for sparing our lives to see 2023, and we give thanks for the lives of loved ones and other great Jamaicans who transitioned last year. We embrace the New Year with optimism and positive energy, knowing that our earnest efforts will determine the success we make of the time given to us. We have been earnest in our efforts in the past year in controlling crime, particularly murders, and improving public order. It cannot be disputed that Jamaica has an epidemic of violence, which results in intentional killings. Guns are the main enabling weapons used by violence producers, and ease of access to guns of itself extensifies fatal violence.  Last year, we took a major step in deterring the procurement, possession, trafficking, and use of guns by passing a new Firearms Act which has totally transformed the legislative framework around legal and illegal guns in Jamaica.  It is now a minimum of 15 years to life for a person convicted of an illegal gun offense. Since the coming into force of the new Firearms Act on the 1st of November 2022 last year, over 70 persons, that is a rate of one person per day, mostly…
THE EMERGENCY POWERS (PARISHES OF ST. JAMES, WESTMORELAND AND HANOVER) (NO. 3) REGULATIONS, 2022

THE EMERGENCY POWERS (PARISHES OF ST. JAMES, WESTMORELAND AND HANOVER) (NO. 3) REGULATIONS, 2022

December, 30 2022
Gazette - The Emergency Powers (Parishes of St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover) (No. 3) Regulations December 28, 2022
THE EMERGENCY POWERS (PARISHES OF ST. ANN, CLARENDON, ST. CATHERINE, KINGSTON AND ST. ANDREW) REGULATIONS, 2022

THE EMERGENCY POWERS (PARISHES OF ST. ANN, CLARENDON, ST. CATHERINE, KINGSTON AND ST. ANDREW) REGULATIONS, 2022

December, 30 2022
Gazette - Emergency Powers (Parishes of St Ann, Clarendon, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew) Regulations, 2022 December 28, 2022
PROCLAMATIONS, RULES AND REGULATIONS – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022 (319)

PROCLAMATIONS, RULES AND REGULATIONS – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022 (319)

December, 28 2022
Gazette - Proclamation St. James Hanover and Westmoreland December 28, 2022
PROCLAMATIONS, RULES AND REGULATIONS – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022 (318)

PROCLAMATIONS, RULES AND REGULATIONS – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022 (318)

December, 28 2022
Gazette - Proclamation St Ann, Clarendon, St Catherine, KSA Dec 28, 2022
Jamaica Facing a National Road Traffic Crisis, Prime Minister Convenes Meeting of National Road Safety Council to Address Concerning Number of Road Deaths

Jamaica Facing a National Road Traffic Crisis, Prime Minister Convenes Meeting of National Road Safety Council to Address Concerning Number of Road Deaths

December, 15 2022
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says at the current rate of road traffic fatalities on our nation’s roads, it is without question that Jamaica is now facing a road traffic crisis. Noting that the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, proclaimed 2021-2030 the “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, under which the aim is to prevent at least 50 percent of road traffic death and injuries by 2030, the Prime Minister said it is clear that if things continue as they are, Jamaica is at risk of missing this target and possibly doubling our current rate of road traffic deaths. The Prime Minister said, “Frankly this is cause for concern and I believe every well-thinking Jamaican would agree it is a national crisis.” Prime Minister Holness noted that in 2021 there were 487 road fatalities, representing the highest number of Jamaicans who have died through crashes in the last decade.  He said road crashes have significant personal and economic impacts on families and the implications, both personal and financial, carry long into the future, with families dealing with the terrible pain and financial losses that come with the sudden and untimely loss of their loved ones, including breadwinners. The Prime Minister noted…
Tough Penalties Under New Road Traffic Act, Prime Minister Urges Public Compliance and Urges Motorists to Settle Outstanding Tickets as There is N0 General Amnesty

Tough Penalties Under New Road Traffic Act, Prime Minister Urges Public Compliance and Urges Motorists to Settle Outstanding Tickets as There is N0 General Amnesty

December, 15 2022
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, this morning addressed the National Road Safety Council, where he outlined the transition policy for license holders who have accrued outstanding tickets. Prime Minister Holness expressed his concern that there may be members of the public who are misled to believe that a general amnesty has been granted and that they are not required to address outstanding tickets. He emphasized that the public should carefully note that no general amnesty has been declared and no special provisions have been made to facilitate any particular group. To manage the implementation of the new Road Traffic Act, which was passed in 2018, the Government of Jamaica established a multi-agency task force which has been working to streamline the traffic ticket management system. This work will result in: the automatic and accurate update of the ticket database through the expanded use of electronic tickets; a complete and robust database of tickets issued; the automatic and timely issuing of warrants; the automatic suspension of licenses by the Island Traffic Authority due to accumulation of demerit points; an accessible database of suspended or revoked licenses; and the denial of renewal of licenses where there are outstanding tickets. Ultimately, this will mean…
Jamaica to Implement New Road Traffic Act

Jamaica to Implement New Road Traffic Act

December, 13 2022
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; 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 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…