Tuesday 17 July, 2018

PSV owners fed up with 'pussyfooting' by Ministries

(FILE)

(FILE)

The Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) is accusing the Ministry of Transport and Works, and by extension the Ministry of Finance, of giving them the runaround with the requests for duty-free concessions. 

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The PSV owners have been lobbying government for some time now for duty-free concessions when importing parts and vehicles. Head of the AOPT, Roy Raphael told Loop News the association has been in ongoing discussions with the Ministry and have yet to receive any clear word on whether the proposal will be accepted by government. 

Raphael explained the AOPT met with the Ministry last October and were asked to submit a full proposal to the Ministry of Finance. He said they did such, and have been waiting on further guidance from the Minister of Transport Michael Lashley, or Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler. He said it feels as though the government is intentionally beating around the bush and giving PSV owners the runaround. 

He contended all the while, PSV owners are having to pay exorbitant amounts to import new vehicles as well as to service those already on the road. Further to that, Raphael noted, owners are dissatisfied with the rates being charged by some insurance companies on vehicles which are close to or over 10 years. He said these issues are causing PSV owners to lose out financially. 

He said the umbrella bodies for PSV owners will be convening a meeting on January 22, 2018, to discuss these and other issues such as the proposed increase in bus fare to $3, after which they will be lobbying government more intensely to address their concerns.