Li­cense Fees Re­duced by Fifty Per­cent!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The United Work­ers Party (UWP) led gov­ern­ment main­tained its prom­ise on re­duc­ing the fees for li­censes af­ter the in­crease was im­ple­mented a year ago un­der the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Guy Joseph, has an­nounced that the re­duc­tion on li­cense fees by fifty per­cent is set to be ef­fec­tive as of Septem­ber 1, once all pro­ce­dures are fi­nal­ized.

The min­is­ter stated, “I am very pleased that my gov­ern­ment has been able to keep to that, and we will see the re­al­iza­tion of re­duc­tion in li­cense fees for all classes of ve­hi­cles on the is­land.”

Joseph went on to in­di­cate that he has signed a num­ber of re­quired doc­u­ments that ap­ply to the new ini­ti­a­tion and is cur­rently await­ing a re­sponse from the trans­port board.

He said, “We had promised a 50 per­cent re­duc­tion on the in­crease, so for ev­ery class of ve­hi­cle, if it was in­creased by $100 then it would be re­duced by $50 and in the in­stances where it was in­creased by $400 it will be re­duced by $200.”

Ve­hi­cles weigh­ing less than one ton will now be pay­ing $350 in­stead of $450. Trucks up to three tons will start pay­ing $450 sav­ing $100. Trucks weigh­ing over five tons will be sav­ing $300 an­nu­ally in road li­cense fees.

Once ap­proved, the fees will be gazetted to all news­pa­pers and will be on dis­play at Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Works. How­ever, the sav­ings are not only on the li­cense; Min­is­ter Joseph stated that within the next few weeks there will be more an­nounce­ments on sav­ings in the health sec­tor, in­creases in school sub­si­dies and, most im­por­tantly, re­duc­tion on VAT that the UWP promised months ago.

He’s walk­ing on sun­shine!

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