Carbon tax is a burden on motorists: Bandula

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A future UPFA government would amend the recently introduced carbon tax and implement a single tax for all motor cars, buses, vans, motor cycles and trishaws in a manner that will not be a burden to the tax payers, UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardana said today.

He said the carbon tax was introduced by the UNF government without carrying out a survey and had become an unnecessary hardship to the vehicle owners.

The MP told a media conference that introducing a carbon tax in addition to vehicle emission test fee was inappropriate.

“The government expects to collect a revenue of Rs.2.5 billion annually from the carbon tax but there is not proper mechanism in place to collect the tax. The government says a motorist can pay the carbon tax in 2020 if he or she fails to pay the tax for 2019. This is an extra burden. The tax will apply to hybrid vehicles as well, which is unfair. In other countries, motorists are not harassed like this. In many countries there is only a single tax for motor vehicles. In Sri Lanka we have more than six kinds of taxes,” he said.

The MP said it was understandable to impose taxes to protect the environment but the revenue collected must be used to compensate the public for the ill effects from air pollution but the UNF government did not have such policy though they are attempting to minimise environment damage.

"The SLFP will meet the President to explain the negatives of the carbon tax on motorists and request to change it and impose a better system that will not heap more burdens on motorists after consulting all stakeholders," he said.

Quote -- The government expects to collect a revenue of Rs.2.5 billion annually from the carbon tax but there is not proper mechanism in place to collect the tax. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Jaya Friday, 18 January 2019 03:49 AM

    Please understand the meaning of carbon tax. First of all prepare a detailed report on the burden posed on the citizens by the 52 days coup and make it public before making any statement on Finance.

    ester Friday, 18 January 2019 09:23 AM

    How about you prepare detailed report about the massive burden posed on the entire country by the criminals of UNP being in charge for 4 years, dont forget to include the bond scam, the mud throwing and the taxation of minor's bank accounts

    Arnold Friday, 18 January 2019 07:10 AM

    This is yet another trick to make more money for the politicians. Maintaining 225 high profile and lavish people is no simple task, you see!!

    King Friday, 18 January 2019 08:11 AM

    Sri Lankan scientist

    dave Friday, 18 January 2019 08:18 AM

    Has anyone noticed the similarities of tution master gunewardane and the black mamba snake?when the the black mamba opens the mouth all you can see inside is black. same with bandulas mouth. anyway he is a snake so the similarities are common.

    Phantom Friday, 18 January 2019 08:21 AM

    I wonder what he'd have said it was a bill brought during their time!

    Ranjitdea Friday, 18 January 2019 08:29 AM

    Then how is the government find money, take loans and sell country to the Chinese as you did

    gamini Friday, 18 January 2019 09:45 AM

    he is worried he will have to pay a huge tax on the many Benz cars that he drives

    Sajith Friday, 18 January 2019 10:46 AM

    A carbon tax is the core policy for reducing and eventually eliminating the use of fossil fuels whose combustion is destabilizing and destroying our climate.

    Nimal Friday, 18 January 2019 11:16 AM

    Only carbon Tax? Not your "dum tax"??

    ram Friday, 18 January 2019 12:56 PM

    Whole world trying to put carbon tax and reduse emisson.This guy must be sent to kindergarden to get some knowledge.Think how could people like him run the ministry????

    DJ Friday, 18 January 2019 01:15 PM

    The biggest carbon tax emanates from parliament. Pls look within without burdening the masses

    ram Friday, 18 January 2019 01:20 PM

    dr.2500/= first let us know what happned to singaporian agreement with Sl

    Jude Friday, 18 January 2019 01:39 PM

    By the time these guys come to POWER , Internal Combustion Engines cars long gone!! Yeah, Electric Cars will be on all Roads!! Yeah in 25 years !!!

    Jude Friday, 18 January 2019 01:40 PM

    By the time these guys come to POWER , Internal Combustion Engines cars long gone!! Yeah, Electric Cars will be on all Roads!! Yeah in 25 years !!!huh


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