Official figures from the Public Security Police Force (PSP) show that in 2017, the amount of money collected by the force from traffic tickets issued for traffic violations, dropped by 3.66 percent to around MOP175.6 million.
The police force acknowledged that in 2016 a total of almost MOP207 million was received as a result of over 1 million traffic fines. This figure represented a hike of 10.73 percent year-on-year when compared with 2015, which registered a total of about MOP182 million in traffic fines.
The first three months of the year, especially March, is the time when the most money from fines is received, mainly due to the mandatory payment of all fines from the past year. Paying all fines from the previous year is a requirement to be able to pay the annual road tax for a vehicle in that driver’s name, which is payable during the same period. Vehicle owners who don’t pay the annual road tax have their vehicles impounded.
According to a statement issued this week by the Financial Service Bureau, the annual road tax is payable until April 3. Citizens can check whether or not they have unpaid fines at the public services kiosks.