The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be implementing an import ban on all used motor vehicles older than 12 years.

The Ban which is slated to be enforced as of May 1, this year, forms part of the government’s quest to reduce air pollution and environmental degradation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Delivering his inaugural Budget Address yesterday, Minister of Finance Camillio Gonsalves said that over the years the importation of used cars older than four years has increased significantly.

This he said has contributed not only to the increase in traffic congestion, but also the number of derelict vehicles left abandoned along our road ways.

“For some time we have resisted taking action on limiting the age of vehicles being imported but the time has come to address this,” said Minister Gonsalves.

He also announced that the vehicle surcharge on motor vehicles older than four years old will be increased effective May 1, 2018.

This measure he noted is expected to yield 1.2 million dollars in additional revenue.

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