Traffic Charges in Jamaica

Robert Montague, Jamaica’s minister of national security, recently made the announcement in Parliament that the Government would offer motorists traffic ticket amnesty as of July 1, 2017. The amnesty will run for 60 days thereafter.

Below is a list of some of the fines in the Road Traffic Act.

Offences in respect of which a fixed penalty may be paid to a collector of taxes

1) Driving motor vehicle with no valid certificate of fitness – $5,000

2) Driving motor vehicle without it being registered – $10,000

3) Driving motor vehicle without it being licensed in the prescribed manner – $10,000

4) Driving motor vehicle without evidence of insurance or failing to surrender evidence of insurance – $15,000

5) Driving motor vehicle (a) with licence decal obscured – $5,000

(b) with licence decal not affixed – $5,000

(c) licence plates obscured or not easily distinguished – $5,000

(d) licence plates not affixed as prescribed – $5,000

6) Driving motor vehicle contrary to terms of licence – $15,000

7) Driving motor vehicle without driver’s licence or learner’s permit in possession – $2,000

8) Failing to comply with the conditions of learner’s licence – $6,000

9) Failing to comply with the conditions of first year of driver’s licence – $6,000

10) Failing to notify authority of change of place of residence – $2,000

11) Failing to obey red light or stop sign – $12,000

12) Failing to comply with any other traffic sign – $8,000

13) Turning into or crossing major road so as to obstruct traffic – $9,000

14) Exceeding the speed limit by

(a) 16 km/h to 32 km/h – $6,000

(b) 33 km/h to 49 km/h – $10,000

(c) 50 km/h or more – $15,000

15) Driving on to one road from another and causing traffic obstruction – $10,000

16) Driving motor vehicle in violation of the rules of the road by:

(a) failing to keep to the nearside of road when approaching or being overtaken – $5,000

(b) overtaking on the nearside of other traffic – $5,000

(c) failing to allow passage to other overtaking vehicles – $10,000

(d) overtaking in a manner causing obstruction to oncoming traffic – $10,000

(e) crossing or turning so as to obstruct traffic – $9,000

(f) driving on to a road from another in a manner causing obstruction – $9,000

(g) driving from onto a place not being a road in a manner causing obstruction to traffic – $9,000

(h) travelling backwards further than necessary – $9,000

(i) failing to place motor vehicle when not in motion at the near side of roadway – $3,000

(j) failing to place motor vehicle in position so as not to obstruct traffic – $3,000

(k) person pouring petrol, driver leaves vehicle unattended – $7,000

(1) parking a vehicle in a zone designated for parking and failing to observe the rules pertaining to parking or failing to pay charge – $2,000

(m) person wilfully or unnecessarily preventing hindering or interrupting free passage of vehicular or pedestrian traffic – $13,000

(n) placing on or abandoning object on road that may endanger or cause damage to vehicular or pedestrian traffic – $13,000

(o) using cell phone, while driving or while functioning as instructor – $13,000

17) Careless driving where no collision occurs – $11,000

18) Careless driving where collision occurs – $25,000

19) Disobeying directions or signal of constable in execution of his duty – $5,000

20) Driver of motorcycle not causing pillion rider to wear prescribed protective helmet – $5,000

21) Failing to observe silence zones – $7,000

22) Failing to observe school safety zone – $10,000

23) Exceeding speed limit within school safety zone – $10,000

24) Exceeding speed limit within construction work zone – $10,000

25) Failing to comply with a sign of school crossing patrol to stop – $5,000

26) Driver of motor vehicle failing to yield the right of way when pedestrian in pedestrian crossing – $7,000

27) Driver of motor vehicle passing vehicle stopped in pedestrian crossing – $10,000

28) Driver of motor vehicle putting vehicle in motion while signal to stop is still exhibited – $13,000

29) Person pouring petrol into or on vehicle while engine running or naked light is alight – $10,000

30) Person with intent to defraud, interfere with or operate parking meter – $15,000

31) Driver of motor vehicle leaves vehicle unattended without stopping the engine – $4,000

32) Failing to place motor vehicle when not in motion at the near side of roadway – $7,000

33) Failing to place motor vehicle in position so as not to obstruct traffic – $7,000

34) Failing to use appropriate hand signal – $2,000

35) Driver of motor vehicle failing to give appropriate signal to indicate direction when turning – $7,000

36) Driver of motor vehicle failing to obey commands of constable to stop or keep motor vehicle stationary – $6,000

37) Failing to obey police signals – $7,500

38) Unnecessarily hinder, interrupt or otherwise obstruct the free and proper passage of vehicle or pedestrian – $5,000

39) Placing or abandoning object on road that may endanger or cause damage to vehicular or pedestrian traffic – $5,000

40) Refusing to weigh or test vehicle – $50,000

41) Driver causing vehicle to obstruct road or parked while being loaded or unloaded – $7,000

42) Use of electronic communication device while driving – $10,000

43) Use of electronic video device within driver’s line of sight while driving – $13,000

45) Using or driving or permitting to be used motor vehicle in a defective condition – $15,000

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