One of this country’s major trading partners will be lobbying the Freundel Stuart administration to remove the “burdensome” taxes on imported electric vehicles.
Minister for the Caribbean in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, James Duddridge, gave that indication minutes after test driving one of a fleet of electric-powered Nissan Leaf cars during a ceremony outside the Wildey, St Michael offices of Megapower –– the local company which imports the vehicles from the UK.
Duddridge, who is in Barbados for cooperation talks with Government officials, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and the private sector, pointed out that in Britain, there were no taxes on electric vehicles.
Asked if he would put the tax proposal to the Government when he met with officials, he replied: “Definitely. I was even hoping to drive across to the Prime Minister’s office in an electric car.”
“I think these cars are still too expensive to bring into Barbados. So, given the contribution they make to the environment, they should be cheaper to bring in than diesel and petrol cars. I think something should be done on taxation to make them cheaper to bring in,” the minister added.
Duddridge said he believed that many island nations would embrace this technology over time.
“These electric cars are absolutely fantastic. They are made in the United Kingdom and, importantly, they make a contribution to the environment in Barbados. They are better for the environment and to be frank, having driven one, they are simply better than the petrol and diesel cars we drive in the UK,” he said.
Duddridge’s call for Government to ease the tax burden on imported electric vehicles was echoed by Joanna Edgehill, director of Megapower.
She said while Government was giving some support to the sector, she was concerned about its continued imposition of the taxes.
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