Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Transport Minister clarifies road tax payment

(L-R) Minister of Transport, William Duguid and Acting Prime Minister, Santia Bradshaw.

(L-R) Minister of Transport, William Duguid and Acting Prime Minister, Santia Bradshaw.

Barbadians no longer need to pay road tax from July 1, but this does not apply to payments due before that date.

That clarification came from Minister of Transport, William Duguid, during a press briefing this afternoon.

Stating that "there are 20 000 persons out there who have not been paying road tax," the Minister reaffirmed the Barbados Labour Party Government's position that getting rid of the road tax and implementing a charge on fuel at the pump was the best way to handle this issue and ensure that Government could provide quality maintenance:

He said: "In order for us to fix the roads, the drainage and the infrastructure of this country we would need certain taxes in place."

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He went on to respond to concerns from persons who believed they no longer had to address outstanding payments from before the July 1 date, saying: "I made it very clear that if you did not pay your road tax you will be running afoul of the law".

A point which was reinforced by Acting Prime Minster Santia Bradshaw, who added:"If you put down the vehicle, you are supposed to write in to the Ministry. There is a process of investigation that takes place by the Ministry of Transport to determine if that vehicle has been lying dormant.

"So I think in fairness to Minister Duguid and those who are concerned that there has to be an investigation, you cannot just leave the vehicle lying down.

The Transport Minister made it clear that persons will not have to make lump-sum payments however, stressing:"The Barbados Road Authority has a system in place, where you can pay all taxes in installment and we are extending that installment payment of the due road taxes as well...

"We expect people to comply and pay their road tax and further we expect that persons will pay their insurance as well."

He explained that Government plans to put measures in place so that persons can receive a sticker as proof that they have paid their insurance.

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