KINGSTON – Cabinet has approved amendments to the Metal and Jewelry (Control of Second-Hand) Act, to increase penalties and application fees for licences under the Act.
Speaking at a Post Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, March 16, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the current upsurge in the cash for gold trade, has resulted in the need for an amendment to effect an improved licensing and enforcement regime.
“Presently, the monetary penalties under the Act range from $50 to $200, upon summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate, and up to 12 months imprisonment Therefore, the penalties are not punitive enough to act as deterrent for unlicensed traders,” he said.
The Information Minister said that Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to effect the amendments. The Metal and Jewelry Act and Regulations were promulgated in 1946/1947 to govern the second hand metal and jewelry industry.
CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSON