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Auto dealers halt duty payments to protest licence plate shortage

Published:Friday | July 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Members of the Automobile Dealers' Association of Jamaica have halted the payment of motor vehicle import duties to protest the shortage of licence plates.

Association chairman Kent LaCroix said yesterday that over the past two weeks, Tax Administration Jamaica has broken all promises to fix the problem.

"We have, therefore, decided to suspend any further payments of motor vehicle import duties to Jamaica Customs as our customers will be unable to purchase new licence plates for their motor vehicles," LaCroix said.

"As soon as we are assured that our valued customers will be able to get their licence plates at our tax collectorates, then, of course, we will immediately resume the clearance of motor vehicles," he said.

The Automobile Dealers' Association of Jamaica comprises dealers in new vehicles.