The Ministry of National Security is reporting that it has cleared a backlog of thousands of traffic tickets, following software modifications to the Traffic Ticket Management System (TTMS).
The TTMS is a centralized, web-based system that was introduced in September 2010 by eGov, to improve ticket management from the point where tickets are issued, to either being paid at the tax office or adjudicated in court.
A release issued by the Ministry Thursday, September 12, said the major modification done to the system, will provide accurate information to government agencies to include the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Courts, among other stakeholders.
According to the Ministry, 240,000 traffic tickets which were not paid between September 2010 and April this year are now reflected in the TTMS.
Senior Director for the Ministry’s Major Technology Transformation Branch, Arvel Grant, says the almost ten-year backlog was attributed “to errors in interpreting the driver’s license number or traffic offence code on the handwritten tickets”.
Grant explained that over the years, “the failed verifications accumulated and traffic tickets remained labelled as outstanding.”
Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, says his Ministry has embarked on a pilot project to replace the manual ticketing system.
It will comprise a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet as well as a mobile printer which will allow the police to efficiently validate offenders’ driver’s license and vehicle registration.
This will enable accurate and legible traffic tickets thereby reducing data entry errors.