Some of the money collected from the new fuel tax should be used to repair vehicles damaged as a result of the bad roads. This is the position of President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA) Sharmane Roland-Bowen who is advising Government that it is the fair thing to do.
“We would like the money to be spent wisely to help out people with damage to their vehicles,” Roland-Bowen told Barbados TODAY in an interview as the association launched its week of activities.
She said a number of people have been contacting the association and enquiring about repairs to their vehicles.
A year ago Roland-Bowen encouraged motorists to report to the Ministry of Transport and Works any damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes. She could not say how many individuals had filed claims with the ministry or how many were compensated but she believed it was only fair that motorists were compensated for damage sustained as a result of bad roads.
In addition, she said while she welcomed the road repairs currently taking place along sections of the highways, she wanted that roadwork to extend to some of the “country roads”.
“We have been having a number of persons who have been enquiring about repairs to their vehicles. A couple years ago when our roads were in such a deplorable state a number of vehicles were damaged so persons who would have sent in their claims to the ministry they were expecting some sort of compensation,” said Roland-Bowen.
Government announced last week that some $21.6 million had been collected from the new fuel tax since it replaced road taxes in July of this year. The tax of 40 cents per litre of petrol, 40 cents per litre of diesel and five cents per litre of kerosene, is applied at the pump.