Car dealer refuses to give timeline for delivery of used vehicles for police
Managing director of O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rentals Limited, Clement Ebanks, is refusing to give a time line for the delivery of used vehicles his company was contracted to source for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
On Wednesday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Dianne McIntosh told members of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) that a moratorium was granted by Jamaica Customs so that the vehicles on the wharf could be cleared.
She was unable to give details on the terms of the moratorium.
Yesterday evening, Ebanks told Nationwide News Network that he was informed a few days ago about the moratorium.
But even with the Moratorium, he said he could not say when the 66 vehicles now at the wharf would be delivered.
However, Ebanks insisted that he had the money to cover the five per cent duties he would be required to pay.
He also disclosed that a duty waiver was granted when he delivered the first set of 30 cars to the National Security Ministry.
Quizzed on when the remaining vehicles would arrive in Jamaica, Ebanks said the pick-ups were in Dubai and ready to be shipped.
But he said this would not be done until the vehicles already here are cleared.
He also explained that his company missed the 90-day deadline to deliver all the vehicles because it did not anticipate the difficulty in sourcing the pick-ups.
At Wednesday's PAAC meeting, McIntosh said O'Brien's had said it could not absorb the costs associated with General Consumption Tax and Special Consumption Tax and had asked the ministry to defray this obligation.
The ministry is of the view that it should not pay the taxes unless advised to do so by the Finance Ministry.