Assistant Commissioner of Police, George Nicholas, has said that he has no knowledge that traffic police officers are under obligation to hand out 20 traffic tickets a week to get a good appraisal.
The issue was raised by a reporter Friday at a news conference.
“I am not aware that traffic officers have any quota to reach or any target,” Nicholas told the news conference Friday.
“What I can tell you is that once you drive a motor vehicle and do not conform to the rules and regulations of the road, the traffic officer – it is within their power to issue a ticket,” he stated.
Nicholas said he was not aware of any target set by anyone or any quota that the officers have to issue.
He explained that normally when a ticket is issued, there is a time frame within which to pay the fine or challenge the issuance of the ticket.
Nicholas disclosed that once a driver is asked to produce his documents and cannot do so, it is an offence.
However he explained that the officer can exercise some degree of discretion.
“One officer’s discretion may differ from another’s,” he stated.