Okada riders to petition gov’t over exorbitant Emissions Levy

Source The Ghana Report

The Okada Riders Association has planned to petition the Ministry of Transport on Monday, February 5, 2024, to consider reducing the newly introduced Emissions Levy on motorcycles.

In an interview, the Secretary of the Okada Riders Association, Majid Amidu, noted that the amount being charged for the levy is high, hence their decision to petition the government.

“It is too much. People are suffering. You did not give us jobs, you did not do anything for us, and yet you want us to pay GH75. We will hold another meeting and write a petition to the government and the whole of Ghana that enough is enough,” he noted in an interview monitored by The Ghana Report on Citi News.

He added, “If they do not reduce the levy, we will go out and demonstrate against this government. By Monday, the petition will be ready, and we will send it to the Minister”.

The Emissions Levy Act, 2023 (Act 1112), which imposes a levy on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on internal combustion engine vehicles, commenced on February 1, 2024.

According to the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA), the move aligns with the government’s commitment to addressing greenhouse gas emissions.

A notice issued by the GRA indicated that motorcycles and tricycles must pay GH₵75 per annum. At the same time, motor vehicles, buses, and coaches up to 3000 cubic centimetres are required to pay GH₵150 per annum.

Motor vehicles, buses, and coaches above 3000 cubic centimetres, cargo trucks, and articulated trucks must pay GH₵300 per annum.

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