Transportation Minister Kye Rymer wants vehicles older than 10 years to be banned from entering the British Virgin Islands.
Rymer made the suggestion while making his contribution to the 2019 budget debate at the House of Assembly on Thursday.
He said: “I think now is the time that we move to implement a ban on vehicles over eight to 10 years so that we can control the number of vehicles that would be on our roadways.”
“We are not building any new roads within the territory, but we continue to import vehicles,” added Rymer, as if to point out that this fact was absurd.
The minister said persons opting to import older vehicles should be made to pay stiff levies.
“Your duty should be probably at a hundred percent of the value,” he said while referring to motorists importing decade-old vehicles.
Reimplement ‘disposal fee’
In the meantime, Rymer is also batting for government to reimplement the Derelict Vehicle Act’s ‘disposal fee’ clause.
The fee is a one-time tax to be paid when a motorist is licensing their vehicle.
“We need to start collecting the disposal fee for these vehicles that enter the territory. These are things that are already on the books and I think now is the time that we must work to collect these fees to offset the cost to remove these derelict vehicles from the territory,” Rymer said.
His remarks follow similar sentiments by the General Manager for the Department of Waste Management Greg Massicotte who told BVI News that the department has been challenged by the number of derelicts since the 2017 disasters.
He said his department has towed between 2,500 to 3,000 derelict vehicles to the temporary derelict dump at Pockwood Pond since the hurricanes.
The department had to pay $80 per vehicle to have it towed by private wrecker companies.
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