Change road tax laws – Edghill

The island’s lone dealer in electric vehicles is calling for a change to the criterion used by Government to determine the amount of the road tax vehicle owners must pay.

MegaPower Barbados says the old method of taxing vehicles based on weight should be replaced with a system that determines taxes based on emission.

“This is something we continue to talk about, specifically, the licensing of these vehicles. For example, the road tax on a Nissan Leaf is $900 a year, whereas a Toyota Corolla is $450. So we would like to see a change in terms of taxing vehicles based on emissions rather than weight, because, for example, a Leaf saves about 4.7 tonnes of emissions per year. As a country, we are not really addressing emissions as we ought to, and we have been asking Government to consider a special category for registering electric vehicles,” MegaPower Director Joanna Edghill said.

Joanna Edghill and Minister of Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss (in driver’s seat) in the Renault Twizy, a vehicle MegaPower is planning to introduce to the tourist industry.

Edgill predicted that an increasing number of Barbadians would turn to electric vehicles, and the signs from Government appeared to be encouraging. The Energy Division has purchased two such vehicles and plans to buy another six before the end of summer this year.

The MagaPower executive revealed that approximately 60 per cent of MegaPower’s business had come from commercial customers.

However, as it seeks to expand, the company was planning to enter the taxi and rental car market.

“In most cities around the world now there are more electric taxis available, and with battery technology improving, with bigger batteries in the vehicles and a longer range, drivers will see the savings right away, as instead of spending $600 a week on petrol or diesel, they will be spending $200 in charging fees. We are still having discussions with the hired car firms and we believe we will get a better response from them given the recent improvements in battery technology.”

Edghill said the company was also busy expanding its charging network, with some 60 stations available around the island.   

“With our present network, customers are never more than about four miles from a charging point, and we have gone as far as the Crane Beach Resort and Atlantis Hotel and we will soon be placing one at Santosha on the Ermy Bourne Highway. We have also found that our stations at Sheraton Centre, Sky Mall and Carlton Emerald City have been popular, since customers can charge their car for a couple of hours while they shop, eat lunch or go to the gym,” she said.

Barbados currently has no emissions regulations in place, but an official of the Barbados National Standards Institution said the agency had established a series of emissions standards that would serve as guidelines for such legislation. 

13 Responses to Change road tax laws – Edghill

  1. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa March 24, 2017 at 4:51 am

    The weight of vehicles mash up de roads

  2. Nikki Nikki
    Nikki Nikki March 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

    The government gets revenue by taxing gasoline no?

  3. jrsmith March 24, 2017 at 5:40 am

    It must always be an ulterior motive , nothing cannot be a genuine idea to help the people , barbados has no vehicle emission regulations and lots of people always jumping up and down about climate change …
    Politicians has caused another serious problem which is here to haunt us all , encouraging people to buy diesel cars and now diesel cars are being ban , or money is paid on them………..
    Electric vehicles is not going to be that clean as people are making out …………………………
    What can be tried is the vehicle engine capacity , as like in the (UK) simple no real effort ….

  4. Maxie Taylor
    Maxie Taylor March 24, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Never mind the tax..change the fekkin roads

  5. Santini More
    Santini More March 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Electric vehicles (EVs) highlight how slow and antiquated our legislative body truly is. With the rise of childhood asthma in Barbados and the links to nano particles from diesel vehicle exhausts, it would be wise to incentivise EVs and remove diesel vehicles from our roads over a period of time….We are fortunate to live on a small island which can readily be fitted with a network of charging stations. If we had a forward thinking Government to set up the legislative framework, Barbados could become a world leading country for the adoption of EVs and the use of renewable solar energy to charge the vehicles.

  6. HardBall March 24, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Its ok to use electric vehicles, but how are they being recharged?
    If you are still using fossil fuel (oil) to generate electricity to charge the electric vehicles, then you are not doing that much are you?
    Now if you are using solar panels to charge them, then that’s a win win for the environment.

  7. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Stupse…. A nissan leaf cost way more money than a Corolla, therefore rd tax would be more.
    If ya could afford d leaf, ya could afford d rd tax, simple!

    • Lilpatrick Bourne
      Lilpatrick Bourne March 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

      I agree 100%…. it’s always change to suit tht particular party(not politically) rather than majority of the ppl….

  8. Bajan Dave March 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Actually, there are some solar powered chargers around as well. I think there are some at Bizzy’s new building out by Cost-U-Less.

  9. Ginger March 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Another way to squeeze the poor person like me. If you can afford to purchase, drive and maintain that type of vehicle, what is $900 in road tax, Chupes……………..

  10. Mikey March 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    @jrsmith, do you understand what a solar vehicle is ???
    What is ulterior about lower taxes on a vehicle working on solar energy , clown ?

  11. Helicopter(8P) March 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

    That’s the way to go in lil Bim Don. On our morning commutes there is less emissions to breath into our pulmonary cavities. Owning a portable generator at your home can free you from driving into packed and service stations. Solar panels can also be effective as fuel supply sources.

  12. F.A.Rudder March 27, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I do agree that the taxes are steep and should be adjusted as this vehicle is not a luxury or sporting vehicle the upper house should look into this matter.


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