Former Lagos Transport Commissioner condemns new levy on vehicle owners

Transportation expert and former commissioner for transportation in Lagos State, Kayode Opeifa, has called on the National Assembly to fully takeover the proposed introduction of annualized N1000 tax on drivers for certificate of proof of ownership on vehicles nationwide

Opeifa, who is now an Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Mobility and Access Development (CenSMAD), described the proposed tax as “unwarranted” saying imposing such levy on hapless Nigerians would amount to double taxation and would go contrary to the spirit of the new administration which is bent on making live easy for Nigerians.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation Abdulhafeez Toriola, had on June 27 announced at a press conference that the Lagos State Government would in July begin the collection of the Proof of Ownership Certificates on all vehicles operating in the state, hinging the move on the need to ensure safety and security of lives and properties.

But Opeifa said there is no need for any new documentation or certification from the revenue board if only to generate data as listed above as the existing documentation and licences have such details and a new certificate would amount to mere duplication. Describing the new tax as fraudulent and whimsical, Opeifa urged the National Assembly to take more than a passing interest in the matter before some people take Nigerians on another avoidable journey that would merely create new money bags.

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