The Senate has approved a bill which seeks to support the government’s push to recover almost $3-billion in outstanding traffic tickets through an amnesty.

The amnesty is to begin on August 2 and will end on October 31 this year.

The bill allows for demerit points to be erased from the records of drivers once they pay the outstanding sums.

Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, said he has issues with that.

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In his contribution to the debate, Opposition Senator K.D. Knight said he’d not vote against the bill. But he also had concerns about the amnesty.

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State Minister of National Security, Pearnel Charles Junior, who piloted the bill, responded to Senator Knight’s observations.

Senator Charles pointed out that an amnesty was instituted by the former PNP administration in 2012. He says the aim of the amnesty is to ensure efficiency in revenue collection.

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The bill was passed in the lower house on Tuesday.