Road congestion has to be eased
Acting Media Minister
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena
Q: How do you assess the tax
increase on vehicle import?
A: The Government reduced taxes on
vehicles by 50 percent in 2009 enabling the people to buy
vehicles. Many people were reluctant to buy vehicles due to
the fear of LTTE terrorists bomb explosions before 2009. At
present on an average one in every five Sri Lankans owns a
vehicle. If the present trend continues, in another two
years increasing congestion on the roads would pose severe
difficulties to motorists.
211,679 vehicles were imported to Sri
Lanka in 2009 and it has increased to 523,963 in 2011.
Increased taxes will have no impact on the
local vehicle market, it will recover soon with the passage