Tax on Motor Vehicles Increased
The Government has revised taxes on cars, three-wheelers and motorbikes effective from today (31 March 2012) in a move to reduce import costs and motor vehicle imports.
Tax on Motor vehicles which include cars, vans, trishaws and motor bicycles have been increased with immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance and Planning announced today that the increase was made to ensure a drop in the vehicles imported to the country in order to reduce the high traffic congestions prevalent. The Ministry also said that this move will help bring down the use of fuel by motorists.
The classifications of the Tax have been made to correspond with the engine capacity of the vehicles. Hybrid vehicle production taxes below 1000CC have been increased by 14 % with tax for all hybrids above 3000CC being increased by 57%.
Production duties for cars and vans have been classified into the fuel type used together with the engine capacity. The tax for cars that use Petrol under 1000CC have been increased by 85% with cars having an engine capacity of over 3000CC being increased by 129%. The category between 1000 CC to 2000 CC have also been increased by 85%.
Production duties on Diesel cars have been increased from upto 114% to 173% to correspond with the engine capacity.
However there has been no change in the tax imposed on tractors, busses and Lorries.
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