The Treasury gave me the same reason that was given by former Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, for higher taxation on vehicle imports, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today.
“I used to talk with former Finance Ministry and Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera after increasing the taxes on vehicles during the former Government. Dr. Jayasundera used to say that vehicle taxes were increased for earning higher tax revenue to the Government,” he said.
“When I asked the present Treasury, it also gave what Dr. Jayasundera said,” Minister Senaratne said.
Minister Senaratne also called for special tax reliefs to hybrid vehicles.
“The country should import as many hybrid vehicles as it can. That will save foreign exchange and help reduce environmental pollution as well,” the Minister said.
“The number of vehicles on the roads is at its peak. The road system in the country should be upgraded to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles and until then, the vehicle importation should be limited,” he said.
“A research programme is now being implemented with the help of foreign governments to bring solar powered and electric three-wheelers and to convert the existing gasoline three-wheelers to electric power. Gasoline to solar and electric power conversion to three-wheelers would be done by the government at a concessionary rate,” he said.
“I discussed with the previous government to reduce taxes, when it used to increase the tax of hybrid vehicles. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Comments - 4
Mr Facts Thursday, 02 June 2016 06:06 AM
The most corrupted person in the previous government repeats the same in this government in the guise of yahapalanaya! You should be ashamed.
Henry Thursday, 02 June 2016 07:18 AM
Very Funny, a friend sent me a message copied from a bill board from the site of the New railway station under construction at Castle Hills, NSW, Australia that said ÓN COMPLETION IT WILL KEEP AWAY 12000 CARS PER WEEK ' - A train in every 5 minutes to the city!Where are our planners!!!
Sri Lankan Thursday, 02 June 2016 07:34 AM
Rajitha instead of making press statements for publicity why dont you take this up with the President and P.M. via DM Android App
milinda Thursday, 02 June 2016 08:03 AM
Just another lie to deceive the general public by the minister of lies and wrong information.
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