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LASG cancels daily exorbitant levy for commercial bus drivers, consolidates levy to N800

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The Lagos State Government has signed an agreement to collect an Informal Transport Sector Levy for the purpose of harmonising the dues collected by the government from commercial motorists at parks and garages throughout the state.

On Tuesday, the government signed an agreement with the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, and others.

Every commercial driver in the state will pay a consolidated levy of N800, which will be shared among government agencies and local governments.

These agencies include LAWMA, LIRS, LASEPA, the ministry of transportation, and local governments.
As a result of the levy, LGs will no longer collect levy from commercial drivers since their share is included in the N800 levy per day for a commercial driver.

Lagos Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, will now issue tax cards to all commercial bus drivers after they pay N800 daily and roughly N24,000 monthly.

Dr. Rabiu Olowo, Commissioner for Finance, after the agreement was signed at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja said that the fees covered not only the local government, but also the clearing of waste from motor parks paid to LAWMA and other payments., and pollution dues which was collected by LASEPA.

Olowo said the levy would also deduct drivers’ income taxes.

“The consolidated transport levy will include the personal income tax of the drivers, include cost of taking care of parks, include money for Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA; LG money and others,” he said.

He said the need to harmonize the way the transportation collection levy is collected has become imperative since other associations have templates to collect their dues.

From findings, he said commercial bus drivers pay as much as N3,000 as levy on a daily basis to the various unions and government agencies, but that has now been lowered to N800 per driver.

“We want to reduce the fees payable. The levy will consolidate all levies; we want to build a reliable database to know those who are doing businesses in our state. Bus drivers will get tax card. We want to bring about collaborative effort.

“It is imperative for Lagosians to know this is a remarkable achievement. An average danfo driver pay N3,000 daily. Once they pay from the point of entry, that is all. It is N800 charge per day.”

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