Gov’t Announces Temporary Reduction in Motor Vehicle Licenses and Removal of Highway Levy

by: - August 4, 2022
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Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit

The Government of Dominica has announced that it will grant a 50 percent reduction in motor vehicle licenses for public service, trucks, and dumpers for one year effective August 1, 2022.

In addition, Government will discontinue the Highway Maintenance Levy which was imposed in September 2015 also effective August 1, 2022.

“Mr. Speaker, as all of us are aware, the price of fuel has increased worldwide as a result of shortages caused by the Russia-Ukraine War,” Mr. Skerrit said. He added, “We are mindful of the negative impact on all residents. Therefore, effective May 2022 we began granting subsidies on the import of diesel and gasoline. Notwithstanding these subsidies, this Government remains concerned about the impact of the increased fuel prices on the people who provide transport services, for example, our bus, taxi, and truck owners.”

“Therefore, Government will grant a 50 percent reduction in the motor vehicle licenses on, one, public service vehicles used for carrying passengers, for example, taxi and public buses; two, Trucks and dumpers available for hire,” the Prime Minister explained.

This measure will be for one year effective August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023.

In regards to the Highway Maintenance Levy, Skerrit says “The discontinuation of the Levy will result in savings of $100 for owners of
private vehicles and $150 for owners of commercial vehicles, truckers, dumpers, and trailers.”

“Therefore Mr. Speaker, between these two measures, a minibus owner who currently pays $880.00—that is, $730 for motor vehicle licenses and $150.00 for Highway Levy—will pay $365.00 on renewals between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023; thereby saving $515.00 over the next year, and $150.00 thereafter. The savings are much higher for the large truck drivers and dumpers,” the Prime Minister noted.