The excise duty on hybrid vehicles and petrol vehicles will see sharp increases, Customs and Treasury officials said.
Hybrid cars with engines below engine capacity1600 CC will see an imposition of 8 per-cent excise duty, according to Deputy Director General of Customs Ajantha Dias. For hybrid cars with engines above 1600 cubic centimeters excise duty will be increased to 24%.
Meanwhile on hybrids between 2000 to 3000 CC excise duty will go up close to 75% and above 3,000 CC to 100%.
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.
Meanwhile the excise duty on petrol vehicles less than 1000 CC will see an increase of about 38 per-cent from the previous rate between 23% while those between 1000 and 1500 CC will see an increase in excise duties of 43%. (Dianne Silva)
you better go and live in a jungle! car is not a luxury. it's a necessity
ranjith Monday, 25 April 2011 03:12 PM
We are living in a fool's paradise
Sicillian Monday, 25 April 2011 02:24 PM
My dear uneducated politicians; scientifically hybrid cars are good for the environment.
P***ya Monday, 25 April 2011 02:18 PM
There are 225 Bulls are also available
sc Monday, 25 April 2011 01:43 PM
WHAT A COUNTRY TO BE !!!
KABAB Monday, 25 April 2011 01:26 PM
Who will use the highways?
rajkay Monday, 25 April 2011 01:27 PM
why dont you vote for another 10 years. Good luck to Sinhales...........
arjuna Monday, 25 April 2011 01:20 PM
Consistency in government policy!!!!!
palithaeka Monday, 25 April 2011 01:16 PM
It is good to control import of individual transport vehicles. Government has no transport policy still not realized encouraging collective modes of transport.
Ibnu Bututa Monday, 25 April 2011 03:36 PM
All the politicians have already done their purchases of luxury vehicles. Blame Banki Moon for the tax increase.
dissa Monday, 25 April 2011 12:59 PM
I think they care. But the government needs revenue to support the poor, provide free health and education and the like. So its all about balancing priorities. I guess. I am not part of government.
bash Monday, 25 April 2011 12:55 PM
Duty was reduced for all the regime supporters to import vehicles
Dul Monday, 25 April 2011 12:49 PM
Yes, do you think so called legislators care ? god save mother Lanka and its people
spark Monday, 25 April 2011 12:48 PM
The tax reduction was for the benefit of the Ministers who have all completed importation of vehicles. We buffaloes who vote for them did not realise this trick of the season.
Yehiya-Doha Monday, 25 April 2011 12:44 PM
All the relativesimports are finished. No need for another two years.
Manesh Monday, 25 April 2011 12:32 PM
And full of bulls.
polbaamoona Monday, 25 April 2011 12:17 PM
hahaha! What a joke?! The government is increasing tax for hybrid cars when taxes are lowered everywhere else in the world to encourage people to buy 'greener' cars. bad move!
rickeymartin Monday, 25 April 2011 12:14 PM
LMFAO Monday, 25 April 2011 11:59 AM
@chira perera where did you find this update?
JOSEPH Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:06 AM
cc stands for cylinder capacity, not cubic centimetres
Dilanka Thursday, 05 April 2012 11:40 AM
Good decision and it help to save foreign exchange and to minimize expenditure on fuel. also Steps should be taken to control foreign exchange spent on imports.
Prof Wickramatillake Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:53 AM
No money, so scrape the honest public, tax Govt servants, University staff. LEARNED HELPLESSNESS goes on
SureshP Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:27 AM
Wrong. "Cylinder capacity" is not a unit of measurement. When you say 1000CC, it means that the total disbursement of all cylinders is 1000 Cubic Centimetres or one litre
eng Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:26 AM
it is cubic centimeters which is a unit of volume to measure the cylinder capacity
Adrian Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:11 AM
All good things come to an end.
Saradial Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:38 AM
I guess some one family business men has imported enough vehicle to sell in this year. Now he will get benefit of increased tax
Kan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:06 AM
yes imports over, now importers will make high profits as they knew the change in excise duty. Who are the importers? Must be politicians or their relatives, no one else.
Senior Citizen Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:55 AM
Diesels are biggest polluters
Desam Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:07 AM
here u go , a Perfect assessment of yourself well done !!
Knight Rider Monday, 25 April 2011 11:59 AM
wow what a great way to motivate people to be more environmental friendly.
webster Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:26 AM
me lankaawane????wt to do...... :(
slfish Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:06 AM
you already have one, don't you?
Dushantha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:57 AM
Wow the best comment
cars lover Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:51 AM
dont go for shopping for .......,
KJ Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:37 AM
Lapas... never regret being a SriLankan... but regret that we cant do anything for our SriLanka..
prasad Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:43 AM
Why is everyone blaming the government??? Who VOTED for them??? Blame YOURSELF.
KJ Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:51 AM
hahahahahaha... what "neguma" is this? across world for hybrid cars is tax free.. they wanted a green world and incentive for such.. but we do other way... our attitude and thinking are not different but our politicians are different to those who "think people"... good luck and god bless my srilanka..
Jet Lindsay Monday, 25 April 2011 05:51 PM
Hey guys take it easyyyyyyyyyyyy its the GOVT with the King you guys have voted in. ou al live in LA LA Land. Sri lankan way of thinking. Good luck citizens
Lapas Monday, 25 April 2011 04:24 PM
Oh, What a Country, What a Government, I regret that I am a Sri Lankan
Darwin Monday, 25 April 2011 09:35 AM
Totally agree. The Chinthanaya solution to green energy.
milliband Monday, 25 April 2011 09:44 AM
What about to politicians (MPS, Prasesiya MPS, secretories)
Lakmal Monday, 25 April 2011 09:53 AM
1600 cc tax remain means what? We can undersatnd government plan.....
sltk2004 Monday, 25 April 2011 09:53 AM
Great, so it does not affect the higher income guys...
small man Monday, 25 April 2011 09:37 AM
So Luxury cars no change...yeah..the rich people have to be provided with all the benefits right?
kaputakukula Monday, 25 April 2011 09:35 AM
Yamu api bara karaththe
s.T.F Monday, 25 April 2011 09:29 AM
Good one, too much of small cars.
TEVEZ Monday, 25 April 2011 09:42 AM
Japan gave me a loan and asked me to purchase 100,000 cars and now agreement is over.. so no more imports.. Wait till i get the 2nd loan.. MR.
mw Monday, 25 April 2011 09:41 AM
Do you think they really care ?
mw Monday, 25 April 2011 09:36 AM
its a good step ! otherwise we will face severe traffic conditions in the city
TC Monday, 25 April 2011 09:45 AM
Shall we organize another "IIFA" or a similar festival to bring down taxes. The Only Way!!!!
Darwin Monday, 25 April 2011 09:34 AM
Sri Lanka's contribution to saving energy resources.
chira perera Monday, 25 April 2011 09:17 AM
apperently as just updated by customs this is for only vehivcles below 1600 CC, all other above 1600 CC including hybrids old tax rates will remain....
shavantha Monday, 25 April 2011 09:15 AM
tax on electric cars should not be increased if the Gov wants to reduce pollution from petrol
Ruwan Ferdinandez Monday, 25 April 2011 09:15 AM
It's a massive setback for all of us..the message is we don't give a two hoots to the environmental issues.
DHA Monday, 25 April 2011 09:15 AM
Its good time to hire some bullock carts....
Cynic Monday, 25 April 2011 09:12 AM
A giant step backwards with regard to hybrid cars.
Podi kolla Monday, 25 April 2011 09:28 AM
All elections are over.. now i dont care....
ud Monday, 25 April 2011 09:27 AM
nandana Monday, 25 April 2011 09:05 AM
Miracle of Asia!
Sampath Monday, 25 April 2011 10:52 AM
WOW,,, every time policies changed for personal interest.
lankaman Monday, 25 April 2011 11:50 AM
yep. it makes me believe the tax reprieve was to allow a selected group to benefit. they new in advance the window of opportunity which enabled them to have their finances ready on time.
Prarthana Monday, 25 April 2011 11:36 AM
With this type of tax fluctuations, in the next few years pls expect to see professionals migrate. For sure, government's next move will be increasing the interest rates... For sure, This is becoming the MIRACLE OF ASIA!!!!
IDOTS Monday, 25 April 2011 11:20 AM
We need Punnakku filling stations in the future.
Punchi Banda Monday, 25 April 2011 11:24 AM
God bless my old 1300cc Volkswagen (1974).
sltk2004 Monday, 25 April 2011 11:23 AM
That's the way of life...
rif Monday, 25 April 2011 11:09 AM
allowing know people to import , and increasing the duty good policy ,
A.A Monday, 25 April 2011 11:08 AM
When No vehicles are seen in the country Reduce Tax.. When more good vehicles come back to the country then increase tax. What a policy!
Viktor Monday, 25 April 2011 11:08 AM
Probably less duty for a stretch car limousine than a hybrid
Daminda Monday, 25 April 2011 10:51 AM
What is the policy of this government....yesterday where were we ...happy ..tomorrow we are crying...where should we go to get a consistentcy of this country
kapila Monday, 25 April 2011 09:16 AM
Chanda Gundu ...............................
Pats Monday, 25 April 2011 10:47 AM
No tax increase for diesel vehicles. What a joke
Hemantha Monday, 25 April 2011 10:41 AM
No mo LIMO........
Ramesh Monday, 25 April 2011 10:35 AM
Car seller making richer from this supitd decission
umesh Monday, 25 April 2011 10:36 AM
hit to the middle mans. well done maharaja well done. expect the backfire
DB Monday, 25 April 2011 10:31 AM
Come Banda Lets see Vesek!!!!
mokuth nodanna Monday, 25 April 2011 10:25 AM
Not only environmental and energy, but what about large amount of money on fuels? Hybrid is a good solution for excess fuel costs as a country.
Tin Monday, 25 April 2011 10:19 AM
So only 'podi miniha' will suffer?
Dee Monday, 25 April 2011 10:16 AM
I guess all the reqired imports have been made. Now is the time for the common man. Way to go.
remo Monday, 25 April 2011 10:16 AM
why are they doing this now ??, they should exclude hybrid cars . and from when is this effective ??, is there any link to gov sites about more info on this ??
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