Motorists who paid their road tax between June 12 and June 30 are in line to receive a refund, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced.
In a wide-ranging interview with journalist David Ellis this evening, Mottley said Government would return 75 per cent of the sum paid once drivers write a letter to the Ministry of Finance.
The development comes on the heels of public confusion over the payment of road tax, which was replaced by the July 1 introduction of the fuel tax that has been levied at 40 cents per litre on petrol and diesel, and five cents per litre on kerosene.
Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid had publicly told motorists that if their road tax was due by July 1 they would have to pay up or park their vehicles until the start of the initiative.
Motorists however later discovered that they were required to pay road tax owed before July.
Prime Minister Mottley said Cabinet agreed to the payment of the refund last Thursday.
“Write the letter and we will check and see when your time came up at BRA [Barbados Revenue Authority] and once that is verified then the Government will give you back 75 per cent of what you paid and the Government will retain 25 per cent as an administrative fee.”
Meanwhile, the owners of commercial vehicles who paid their road tax will not receive a refund. They will however be exempted from paying their registration fee next year.