BCCI to Govt: Collect road tax at the gas pump

A suggestion is coming from the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) that Government collect road tax at the fuel pumps, rather than ask drivers to make a lump sum payment every year.

The recommendation came out of a recent BCCI members’ forum.

President Tracey Shuffler, who reported on the recommendations at the BCCI’s monthly luncheon at the Hilton Resort today, said going that route would ensure compliance, eliminate the cost and inconvenience of traditional payment, be more equitable relative to road usage and would allow different rates to be applied to non-commercial and commercial vehicles.

She said there was also a call for a portion of the savings from the drop in oil prices to be used for the benefit of renewable energy development.

BCCI president Tracey Shuffler
BCCI president Tracey Shuffler

“Of the expected savings in oil import costs this year, if one third of that savings was allocated to alternative energy and energy efficiency development, the additional green energy investment of approximately $35 million could go a long way toward Barbados’ goal of 29 per cent renewable energy by 2029. We dare say with the efforts of all national stakeholders, we are very likely to reach that benchmark long before 2029,” said Shuffler.

There was also a recommendation that Government allow business operators to make a wider range of payments online.

“The financing of health care and education was also a topic of discussion at our Forum. While subsidization by Government is being reined in, mechanisms to facilitate and encourage savings for co sharing of costs by individuals in these areas should also be developed. A reasonable tax break on savings instruments dedicated to financing for health and education will be important as Barbadians are asked to take on a portion of costs for these services. A healthy and educated populace will always be a critical part of this country’s sustainable development, so these are issues which should be addressed,” said Shuffler.

Meantime, Shuffler reported that the BCCI had seen some success in its attempts to alleviate some of the problems which members faced.

Among those challenges was the recently introduced charge for inspecting containers on business premises after traditional working hours. Shuffler said that had been rescinded.

“We also welcome the recent agreement by the BADMC [Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation] to retain the much less bureaucratic and more trade facilitating process of licensing for importation of poultry products, rather than their initially proposed movement toward exclusive state trading of this commodity,” she further reported.

The BCCI head said members were looking at solutions at other problems.

“The cash flow challenges in Government relative to payment for goods and services and VAT refunds are having a domino effect on business cash flows and while resolution to this issue may not be immediately clear, we cannot surrender to current circumstance. There has to be a solution and we have to make progress in securing relief,” she said.

40 Responses to BCCI to Govt: Collect road tax at the gas pump

  1. Louise King
    Louise King February 26, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Just cannot stop digging de tax holes–that is called sin–de hole Ye dig is one and same ye falls in to –

  2. Rawle Agard
    Rawle Agard February 26, 2015 at 4:11 am

    How interesting. Peter pay for Paul and Paul pay for all .How would you know who did not pay? How would you know when to stop collecting the tax?

    • gary February 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

      it would be put on the fuel at a percentage therefore everyone pays every liter they put in their vehicle the only difference is the rate at which applies to commercial and non commercial and it is sensible to all as this means you pay towards the ammount of road usage you have which is the purpose of road tax the maintenance and creation of said roads

  3. EN John
    EN John February 26, 2015 at 4:22 am

    This systems is in effect in St. Lucia, I don’t know the details but was in effect for years, every time you fuel your vehicle you automatically pay road tax.

  4. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I’m not a tax fan .. But it sounds like the kind of efficiency this country needs. May cost a few jobs but I don’t think Bajans will miss the long road tax lines.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 26, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Sounds like a good idea for little Bim. At least you would be able to keep a log of the vehicle registration number and there be no waiting in long queues or artful dodging when collecting the road tax. Wanna can do with a data base that could link, road tax, insurance & MOT together to ensure records of payments are up to date also for vehicles that are not road worth.

    • Prince Nick
      Prince Nick February 26, 2015 at 5:56 am

      Soon gas workers would be getting a raise then

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce February 26, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Those employed are lucky to have a job, the state Bim is in at the moment. I would prefer an increase of employment.

  6. Seth St John
    Seth St John February 26, 2015 at 6:01 am

    We would quickly end up with single employee gas stations because all the other attendants are either at lunch or called in sick, not to mention and having to get there at 5:30 am if we want any chance of getting gas that day..

  7. Tony Webster February 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Several commenters have not understood the concept here: Like “En John” says/ implies, St .Lucia ABOLISHED the road tax, but added a couple cents to the excise tax on gas and diesel, which in turn the gas-station operators hand over to the government as they purchase and sell fuels. Main point is, gvernment gets the cash they need, from folks who use the roads. So simple, and it has worked well. It’s one sure way to consign to hell those hellish, meaningless, ridiculous waits at Licensing Authority!!
    Spot checks – and penalties for non-insurance, will still be necessary on the roads, by our boys-in-blue. QED.

    • gary February 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you tony i agree and it is practical

  8. Chantel Warden-Holder
    Chantel Warden-Holder February 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

    So I have a question – different weights of vehicles, size of the engine etc, is what determines the cost of the road tax that we now pay. If we implement paying each time we fuel our vehicle or motorcycle how is the cost of the road tax going to be determined? Will the motorcycle pay the same as a bus? Will there be one cost for every vehicle? Also how will the payments be made? Is it going to be deducted from a portion of what we pay for the fuel? So you tell the attendant to put $50 but you will not get $50 as a portion is paid towards road tax? If you want to fill up you don’t get a full tank because a portion was deducted to pay road tax? Also how would it be determined that one person has paid their quota of road tax as some of us fill up more than others – a ZR or a taxi fills up more than some one who only fills up every two weeks. Also what about the water sports operators will they pay road tax when they fill up their wave runners (can’t be road tax as they are on the sea!)….what about the persons who cut grass…do they pay when they purchase fuel for their weed wackers and lawn mowers? So do they pay for their equipment and their vehicles? – I am curious to see how it will be determine how to pay the road tax at the pumps because I have a lot more questions

    • Paul Forde
      Paul Forde February 26, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Basically you will be paying tax on how regularly you use the road. A motorcycle versus a bus will still balance because it takes more gas to use a bigger vehicle. Also it will mean there is no standard amount of tax for anyone. You just pay for what you use.

    • Sonja Cox
      Sonja Cox February 26, 2015 at 7:55 am

      This is still not an accurate system merely because some model vehicles use more gas than others,and that is certainly not determined by distance. Clearly that can’t be accurate.

    • Lucia Aniela Parris
      Lucia Aniela Parris February 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I agree Paul… If your car is guzzling gas @Sonja that’s a mechanical problem and. Should be fixed… However small era cars usually take less gas… So as Paul says it will balance itself out

    • Paul Forde
      Paul Forde February 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

      More gas means a bigger engine and you pay more money for bigger and heavier cars in the correct road tax policy. If you still have the more gas the same engine problem then you either got ripped off by the dealers or you need to service and maintain your vehicle

    • Gregory R Fergusson
      Gregory R Fergusson February 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

      So people from St. Lucy will be paying more road tax than people in St. James and St. Michael? I think we’ll have to reconsider this seriously. Go back to the drawing board with this one. It is inherently unfair

  9. Daniel Maulson
    Daniel Maulson February 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This is where it should be done. People then pay in direct relation to how much they use the roads, consume energy, and create pollution

  10. David Car No Chan
    David Car No Chan February 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

    How much is a litre of petrol in Barbados?

  11. Neil Hutchinson February 26, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Great idea.

  12. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post February 26, 2015 at 7:44 am

    At least ya would know that once a vehicle moving it road taxes done pay

  13. Andrew Thornton
    Andrew Thornton February 26, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Maybe government should refund income tax in the form of discounts at the gas pump too

  14. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers February 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Give the people Jobs and pay raises before taking about road tax the Lord don’t let the poor been weight down with all the taxes how will the poor in Barbados ever save

  15. Shn Jrdn
    Shn Jrdn February 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Stupid idea…

  16. Faith Phillips
    Faith Phillips February 26, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Pay as you go…an excellent idea..you will get better and safer roads…

  17. Shaka Philosopha Miller
    Shaka Philosopha Miller February 26, 2015 at 9:32 am

    My question is how much would we pay for gas??? We pay more than more countries in our region. St Lucia is paying almost an entire dollar or a less than us per litre…. So depending on the cost of gas and how often we drive on these POOR ROADS OF ours. We may very well end up paying more than we are paying more. And how much of the portion of the cost per litre of gas be taken by government to compensate for road tax???

  18. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams February 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    More nonsense. Fix the roads, lower the burdensome tax.

  19. Ezra Hinds
    Ezra Hinds February 26, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Road tax has never had anything to do with weight or damage of the road. It is just a tax collecting mechanism with a name attached. Currently commercial vehicles that use the road way more pay less pound for pound than private and this collection mechanism will raise cost of living. As I said somewhere else I would just but an electric vehicle and charge it at home. Zero tax.

  20. omar February 26, 2015 at 10:28 am

    what if i need to fill my lawn mower?
    take a can rite?
    cant someone still get the gas for a vehicle without a vehicle present?

  21. j February 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Gas prices can’t stay low in this country for too long…sigh. Just getting a little ease at the pump now this proposal… Sigh

  22. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen February 26, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This sounds reasonable but such a system would likely favor commercial vehicles who given there weight do more damage to the roads than smaller passenger cars. So unless when you get to the pump their is a different rate for commercial vehicles and other vehicles it will be unfair as the smaller vehicles will be asked to pay more taking into account the damage to roads.

    • jaye February 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      But there are less of those commercial vehicles though…

    • Renee Babb February 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Jason, the commercial vehicles fill up more often than most other vehicles. So in that case, they would be paying more for road tax than a family car.

  23. Joe February 26, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Sounds like a good idea. I wonder how the insurance companies would feel about it though since the current system ensures that they get a least 1 payment before you can pay your road tax. Would be interesting to see how it is implemented.

  24. Christopher I February 26, 2015 at 11:39 am

    So that mean electric vehicles would be exempted from paying road tax and hybrids probably paying alot less than other vehicles.

  25. joyann February 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I agree with jason Bowen this system wil only benefit the commercial vehicle more than the average road user I dont think this system wil work in barbados

  26. Rene Ramdin February 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent Idea , and they would actualy collect More , Than They need , However the question would be , would it ever be implimented , It’s a Battle of Ideas , Old thinking , against revolutionary/evolutionary ideas , Ususaly the establishment wins !

  27. Alex Alleyne February 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    It would be nice if some of the money to fixing the BAD roads we have here in Barbados.

  28. junior king February 26, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I live in the USA, this sounds like madness to me. I pay a gas tax when I buy gas and a separate road tax. Why would anyone pay a road tax at the pump? How moving all the utility bills to online payments? Now that is really revolutionary!


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