It was revealed at today’s (January 16) meeting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee that some improvements have been made in the traffic ticketing system.
The Permanent Secretary in the National Security Ministry Dianne Mcintosh says since November 2017 the ministry has taken the lead in addressing the challenges leading to the high number of tickets.
Ms Mcintosh says the ministry has been working with the Police, Tax Administration E-gov, and the Ministry of Justice Court Management Services.
A transformation team has been set up to coordinate activities among traffic ticketing management stakeholders , court staff trained and steps are being taken to increase court personnel.
The Permanent Secretary highlighted some of the results following the intervention
She also noted that in anticipation of the new Road Traffic Act , the ministry has increased its focus on cleaning the data , reflecting the number of outstanding tickets to eliminate errors, so offenders can be pursued as a matter of priority .
And earlier in the meeting the committee raised concerns about the discrepancy between the figures submitted by the ministries of National Security and Justice for outstanding tickets.
The Ministry of National Security said for the 8 year period from September 2010 to November 2018 there were 296 thousand 749 tickets with a value of 615 million dollars .
While the Justice Ministry report stated that for the 9 year period 2010 to 2018 the number was 990 thousand 388 tickets amounting to one point one billion dollars in fines
Committee Chairman Dr Wykeham Mcniel commented on the situation.