Revisit Barbados Licensing Authority's road tax payments

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As per her promise made during the 2018 election campaign Prime Minister Mottley approved the removal of road tax for private vehicles in Barbados from July 1, 2018, to be replaced with a tax on fuel. This ensures that every person who drives a vehicle will contribute to the upkeep and improvement of our country's road network, a solution that appears to be well thought out and fair for all.

Based on this announcement many persons whose road tax may have expired in the weeks or days prior to July 1 were advised by Dr. Duguid - who is the Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance - to either pay the tax OR park their vehicle until July 1 when the new tax came into effect. The vast majority of persons facing this scenario followed the minister's advice and parked their vehicles, only to be told now that we must still pay for an entire year of the "old" road tax IN ADDITION TO paying the new tax on fuel!

For clarity Barbados road tax is paid for a period of 12 months FROM the date of payment as opposed to the 12 months PRIOR.

This double taxation is an unnecessary burden on road users who in some cases are being asked to pay $1,600 or more for as little as a single day's road use.

We are asking that this issue be revisited with the intent of implementing a system of taxation that is fair for all, eg. a pro rata payment scale or similar.

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