The National Concerned Drivers Association and True Drivers Unions have given government a two-day ultimatum to scrap all “irrelevant” taxes imposed on the country’s drivers.
Should the government fail to act, the driver unions threatened to hit the street and protest.
The demand comes after the presentation of the 2021 mid year budget review by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in the floor of Parliament.
In a jointly signed statement by the National Concerned Drivers Association and True Drivers Union copied to Originalfmonline.com, they expressed their displeasure with the government for neglecting them during the mid-year budget review despite their several challenges.
Among other things, the driver unions demanded the scrap of Energy recovery tax, special petroleum tax, and fuel margin.
They also lamented potholes and manholes coupled with darkness on major highways due to faulty street lights.
The driver unions through the statement encouraged all drivers to join in the Fix The Country protest scheduled for Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
Read the full statement below:
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
NATIONAL CONCERNED DRIVERS ASSOCIATION AND TRUE DRIVERS UNION
SCRAP ALL PLETHORA TAXES ON DRIVERS.
As drivers Union there was not single relief that the Minister mentioned in this budget which was related us.
Infact we were expecting the government to scrap some irrelevant taxes draining us, such as the Energy recovery tax, special petroleum tax,,fuel margin and the likes.
We were expecting that in the mid-year review, the minister will come with something that will cushion the us after imposing all these plethora of taxes,he still want drivers to suffer ,so he maintained the taxes.
Amidst all these killer taxes, we drive on bad roads with potholes and manholes coupled with darkeness on our major highways due faulty street lights.
We are giving the government two days to scrap the above mentioned taxes off or face our wrath.
This time we are ready to face any institution which decides to block us, we will hit the roads with nation wide demonstration.
We again calling on all drivers unions and associations to join the fix the country demonstration coming 4th August.
Long live Ghana
Long live Drivers