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Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says there will be a zero tolerance approach towards motorists who commit offences on the roadways in 2013.

Speaking at a handing-over ceremony for six road safety infomercials, held at the head offices of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) in New Kingston, on January 8, the Minister said there would be greater collaboration and intensified operations in enforcing the Road Traffic Act throughout the year.

He pointed out that last year, over 30,000 spot checks were conducted, resulting in many drivers in breach of the Road Traffic Act, being caught.

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The Minister said this was done through a multi-agency enforcement approach involving the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), Island Traffic Authority and Transport Authority.

Dr. Davies informed that there will be greater co-ordination and collaboration among agencies, such as the Island Traffic Authority, the revenue agents, the Traffic Division of the JCF, the Ministry of Transport, and the Transport Authority, in an effort to further clamp down on delinquent road users.

“For the uninitiated, one would have assumed that all this would have been taking place…It has been, up to now, quite possible for someone to formalize and renew his licence with the Transport Authority, even while he stuffed away 1,000 (traffic) tickets…,” Dr. Davies said.

The Minister assured that the Government will put an end to this situation, noting that any renewal for a driver’s licence will require a clearance from the (JCF).

“I want to send a clear message that we are moving towards zero tolerance in terms of offenders,” he stated.