The Lagos State Authorities has signed an agreement for the gathering of what it referred to as “Consolidated Informal Sector Transport Levy” designed to harmonise dues collected by authorities from industrial motorists at parks and garages.
The agreement was signed between the state authorities, native authorities, various transport unions and a few authorities companies.
In line with the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, the levy—pegged at a flat fee of N800—covers monies for the native authorities, clearing of waste from the motor parks, which was being paid to the Lagos State Waste Administration Company (LAWMA). It also covers and air pollution dues which have been collected by Lagos State Environmental Safety Agency (LASEPA).
In line with Olowo, private earnings taxes of the drivers may also be deducted from the N800 levy which commences with rapid impact.With this harmonised levy, every industrial bus driver is anticipated to pay N800 each day, which accumulates into N24,000 month-to-month and N292,000 in a 12 months.
Although, the harmonised levy launched by authorities doesn’t have an effect on tickets issued by the Nationwide Union of Street Transport Staff (NURTW). Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of NURTW, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly often known as ‘MC Oluomo’, defined that the brand new improvement impacts solely authorities levies however has nothing to do with the union dues charged.
The Particular Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Toyin Fayinka, acknowledged that the event is the section one strategy in the direction of whole restructuring of the transport sector; saying it’s anticipated to convey sanity to motor parks according to greatest practices globally.
Whereas he described the brand new improvement as a type of income assurance, he assured that it will have a powerful implication on discount of levies paid by bus drivers at completely different factors/parks prior to now. He additionally mentioned that it’ll drastically cut back the struggling of the folks as it’s anticipated to cut back the price of street transportation.