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Kum Y3n Pr3ko Demo; COPEC, Drivers, Spare Parts Dealers, Car Dealers to Join

Kum Y3n Pr3ko Demo; COPEC, Drivers, Spare Parts Dealers, Car Dealers, as promises to join. The Coalition for Economic Association, has today held a press conference to declare thier support for the demonstration. It is to be organized by the Coalition for Social Justice, dubbed “Kum Y3n Pr3ko Demo” on 9th July, 2019.

The press conference was addressed by the Secretary of the Coalition, Clifford Ansu. He highlighted the luxury vehicle tax as one of the major reasons why the association intends to Join the demonstration.

The coalition explains…

They bemoaned what they described as “government lukewarm attitude with regards to the scrapping of the Luxury Vehicle tax. The law was passed by parliament and assented on 31st July, 2018 (Act 969) and implemented on 1st August,2018”.
The Coalition is made up of the Concern Drivers Association of Ghana and Ghana Committed Drivers Association. But also involves True Drivers Union, Concerned Spared Parts Dealers Association of Ghana and Chamber of Petroleum Consumers of Ghana.

They have expressed worry over government’s unpreparedness to scrap the Luxury Vehicle tax.
Also, they had earlier petitioned Chief of Staff at the Presidency, The Speaker of Parliament, The Minister of Transport. The Minister of Finance, as well as Parliamentary Committees on Finance, Roads and Transport were as well copied.

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However, the former President John Dramani Mahama declared he will scrap the Levy if he gets the opportunity to rule again. ”We were invited by the Finance Ministry for deliberations to see the way forward after this promise by John Mahama” . On 25th April, 2019 we held a meeting chaired by Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng the Deputy Minister for Finance. He promised to get back to us in two weeks’ time but nothing of the sort has been done till date. We again wrote to remind the ministry on 23rd May, 2019 – nothing has since not been heard”, they stated.

The Coalition also believes the government has failed because they refused to engage stakeholders before imposing the tax on them.
The tax, they explained includes “vehicles such as some brands of Toyota Avalon, Articulator Truck, Toilet Vehicles. It also include Refuse Trucks, Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima, Niassan Altima, Toyota hilux pick up, Nissan Hard Body Pick up, Kia Rhino truck and the likes. These vehicles cannot be compared to the likes of Rolls Royce, Bentley, Land Cruiser V8, G-Wagon. Mercedes Benz C300, Benz S430, Lamborghini and others which are very luxurious in their nature and styles”.

Concerns By Spare Parts Dealers;

The Concerned Spare parts dealers Association of Ghana, also indicated that “engines of such capacities are not being patronized. Because of the levy that will be paid on them. Already, engines with capacities ranging from 2.9 to 4.5 attracts so much duties at the ports of entry. Yet they are stacked in there, reducing the rate of turnover”.

On his part, the Executive Secretary for COPEC, Duncan Amoah also indicated that government risks losing a lot of revenue. If the importers of the Luxury park their vehicles, since government gets about 49% of the taxes imposed on fuel.
He also stated, that they had followed the Coalition for Social Justice and analyzed their concerns for the intended demonstration. The CSJ’s concerns are similar to what they have, hence our their decision to Join the demonstration, Duncan reiterated.

Source : Ghana News Press

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