The Registrar of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is likely to increase charges for registrations with special number-plates from the current Rs.7,500 to Rs.70,000-75,000 shortly, informed sources said.
The charges for a normal registration will also be increased by Rs.300-400 shortly from the current Rs.14,000.
The charges have been increased by 1000 percent and according to the RMV most of the individuals who apply for special numbers are VIP’s, businessmen, architects, doctors, engineers and reputed professionals representing different fields.
The move comes a month after the excise duty on hybrid vehicles and petrol vehicles were increased significantly. Hybrids between 2000 to 3000 CC were increased by 75% and 100% for hybrids above 3,000 CC.
Earlier, there was no excise duty on hybrid vehicles but only 15% tax and a 12% VAT. In the past two months about 3,000 hybrids have been imported into the country. (Supun Dias)
All monies are channelled to development of the infrastructure of the country and these are charged from people who can afford to pay.
Sama Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:32 PM
Hybrid is good for the enviroment and is the future. So why increase. It does not make any sense at all.
TIGER CUB Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:50 PM
ITS A COMMON MANS DREAM TO OWN A VEHICLE IN SRI LANKA
Cynic Friday, 20 May 2011 03:05 AM
Anyway special numbers are difficult to get as most are reserved for magodis fellows. The tax payer will anyway end up paying more.
Harrier Friday, 20 May 2011 03:25 AM
are U out of mind, if he things people will be willing to pay 75,000/= for a special number. Half of it is because of superstition and the rest stupidity. A educated man does not want to be recognised with a special number He is going to see stars when he sees a 10 fold drop and not a 10 fold revenue increase. The RMV is suppose to issue numbers in a sequential order, just imagine when it a "so called" special number and there are NO TAKERS!!!. Legally that number goes free to the next in line. Over to you Mr Commissioner!!!
Allangle Friday, 20 May 2011 03:23 AM
If it is optional it could be O.K. Otherwise, it is way of collecting money to waste for advertising an unnecessary event.
Thariq Friday, 20 May 2011 04:30 AM
ITS ACTUALLY A GOOD MOVE.
praveen Friday, 20 May 2011 04:32 AM
We should capitalize on our forestry and the rest of the worl especially EU is moving to sustainable economy where moving to greener economy. We should get massive carbon credits. Increasing duty on hybrid is pointless, insead Govt should increase on luxury vehicles and not on domestic vehicles ....
Raj Friday, 20 May 2011 05:31 AM
People ask for special numbers based on numerology as they believe some number can bring bad omen. Even ordinary people believe in this, not only VIP. 1000 times increment is rather absurd. Is the government that bankrupt?
knight rider Friday, 20 May 2011 05:51 AM
making hay while the sun shines ! but then again the we see the number system is running out and soon a new number will needs to be introduced
Udith Friday, 20 May 2011 07:01 AM
There is no need for hybrid on 3000cc. Ideally 2000cc would be ok and should be encouraged. However, keep in mind that replacement cost for hybrid batteries are very expensive.
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 20 May 2011 11:58 AM
Give the number 007 to the white vans!
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