The Lagos State Authorities has stated that danfo, taxi, and different industrial autos within the state will start to pay N800 levy day by day from February 1, 2022.
That is after the state authorities and transportation stakeholders within the State on Tuesday signed an settlement and formally unveiled the ‘Consolidated Casual Transport Sector Levy’ to harmonise dues collected by the federal government from industrial motorists at parks and garages throughout the State.
This was made identified in an announcement by the state authorities titled, ‘LASG unveils levy for casual transport sector to harmonise dues from industrial motorists …New consolidated levy assortment begins February 1’.
The settlement between the state, native authorities, and varied unions within the transport sector, in addition to some authorities businesses in Lagos State, was signed throughout a ceremony held on the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, based on the assertion.
Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, was quoted as explaining that the levy pegged at a flat charge of N800 covers cash for not simply the native authorities levy alone, but additionally that of clearing waste from motor parks paid to the Ministry of Transportation, Lagos State Waste Administration Authority and Lagos State Environmental Safety Company.
He stated the advantages of the levy included harmonising the gathering course of by placing a construction in place, lowering a number of taxes, dues, and levies to all brokers of state and native governments, offering dependable knowledge, eradicating harassment of bus drivers, and bringing collaborative engagements inside stakeholders, amongst others.
The commissioner stated the Consolidated Casual Transport Sector Levy strategy was an alignment with stakeholders and complete restructuring of the transport system that may additional increase income coming into authorities coffers.
Olowo, who disclosed that private earnings taxes of the drivers may even be deducted from the N800 levy, stated the Consolidated Casual Transport Sector Levy which is able to take impact on February 1, 2022, can be paid to average the charges that motorists within the sector pay day by day, including that tax playing cards would even be issued to them.
“The N800 is a single structured assortment of the monies payable to all authorities businesses and events who’re instantly or not directly related to the transport sector. What the federal government has achieved is to organise the gathering and scale back the multiplicity of levies and all kinds of taxes, dues, and monies because of the authorities from the transport unions. Bus drivers will get tax playing cards, and the difficulty of arbitrary funds shall be eradicated as soon as they pay from the purpose of their loading every day,” he stated.
Additionally talking on the occasion, the Particular Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Transportation, Mr. Toyin Fayinka, described the event as the primary strategy in direction of a complete restructuring of the transport sector.
He stated all stakeholders have been duly consulted earlier than the ultimate signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which is geared toward bringing sanity into motor parks according to finest practices globally.
N800 govt’s levy doesn’t have an effect on NURTW ticket – MC Oluomo
The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nationwide Union of Highway Transport Staff Union, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly generally known as ‘MC Oluomo’ defined that the Union, in collaboration with the Highway Transport Staff Union, had approached the federal government to consolidate the charges to make it simpler for the federal government.
He stated they have been in settlement with insurance policies that may guarantee the event of Lagos State.
The NURTW boss nevertheless clarified that the N800 Consolidated Casual Transport Sector Levy doesn’t deprive the Union of gathering its regular statutory levy however gave the dedication that the union dues will now be collected at just one level in a structured method going ahead.
“The harmonised levy is not going to have an effect on the nationwide union ticket. What it’s geared toward consolidating are all of the levies collected by the federal government and it was the unions that approached the federal government to assist us harmonise the fee of all of the levies it has been gathering to stop duplication of levies,” he stated.
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