Most traffic tickets paid without hearing

Sixty per cent of the 33,330 traffic contraventions ticketed in the North Region in the first 10 months of this year have been paid to date.

The details were given by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi in reply to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Ċensu Galea. The tickets were handed out by both wardens and police officers.

A total of 16,289 offenders paid up before the tribunal hearings. On the other hand, 3,669 paid only after having been found guilty as charged.

There were 11,585 drivers, or 34.8 per cent, who contested the contraventions before the tribunal.

The tribunal decided in favour of the drivers in 1,093 cases, or 9.4 per cent.

There are 752 contraventions on hold while the Board of Petitions decides their cases.


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