Proposals to increase car registration fees conveyed to Senate, Congress

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by Drei Laurel | Jan 24, 2019
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Will the end of the Road Board be followed by an increase in motor-vehicle registration fees? One member of the Senate is warning against the move, going so far as to label such a hike as part of the government’s “three-strike package” against car owners.

“‘The end’ na ang Road Board. But raising car registration fees should not be its sequel. Hindi ito dapat ang next picture,” Senate president pro tempore Ralph Recto said in a statement released earlier today.

According to Recto, proposals to increase the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) have already been conveyed to both Senate and Congress. He says such a move would have a significant impact, adding that one proposal even “indexes MVUC to inflation, meaning it will be raised based on the inflation rates through the years.”

Medyo mabigat kasi kung adjusted to inflation, using 2004 as base year. Yung bayad sa rehistro ng bantam car at SUV ay parehong tataas by 72%. Mayroon naman isang pahiwatig na 50% ang increase. Mayroong 100% ang increase,” he said.

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Recto had already warned of a “three-strike package” against motorists two years ago, the Senator’s statement reads. This includes higher excise taxes on fuel products and higher taxes on cars. According to Recto, the first two strikes were already landed by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. The third is an increase in the MVUC.

Baka pwede, huwag nang ituloy yung strike three, yung sa MVUC. Kasi sapat na ang buwis sa gasolina bilang tax sa paggamit ng kalsada. There is already a toll fee in the gas tax,” Recto appealed in his statement.

You can read the full press release on the Senate website.

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