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MET welcomes fuel and environmental levies.

Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) welcomes the newly gazetted environmental levies, that will affect motor vehicles, tyres and plastic bags, have come into full force.

The levies are captured in a Government Gazette dated 12 August 2019.

Responding to questions sent by Nampa on Sunday, MET spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda said these levies mean there will be a reduction in plastic usage in the environment.

'This will also provide funds for managing our environment,' Muyunda said.

The environmental levies for motor vehicle carbon emissions and plastic carrier bags are in addition to any customs or excise levy.

The environment levy charged for petrol vehicles is N.dollars 40 per grams of carbon dioxide the car pumps out per kilometer driven (g/km CO2 emissions), whereas for diesel vehicles it costs N.dollars 45 per g/km COA2 emissions exceeding 140g/km.

This levies charged based on the accessories in these motor vehicles namely those fitted with interior parcel racks, foot-rests, magazine nets, coat hooks, reclining seats, arm rests, microphone and radio or cassette equipment, air conditioning with individual controls, pneumatic plug doors, individual reading lights, chemical toilet, wash basin and refrigerator will be charged.

The vehicles with a mass not exceeding 2 000 kilogram or vehicles for the transport of 14 persons or more, including the driver, ambulances, hearses, vehicles with motorcycle-type handlebars, six or eight-wheeled vehicles and shuttle cars for use in underground mines.

Also, environmental levy charged per tyre for road wheels fitted with tyres; wheel rims fitted with tyres is N.dollars 10.

Articles for the carriage or packing of goods, of plastics; stoppers, caps, lids and other closures, of plastics the levy is N.dollars 0.50/bag.

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Publication:The Namibia Press Agency NAMPA (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Aug 11, 2019
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