The Car Rental Association of Ghana has called on government to reduce import duties on cars brought into the country by its members.
President of the car rental association, Seth Yeboah Ocran, said this will help provide better services for customers and ultimately reduce cost of vehicles in the country.
He observed the multiplicity of taxes as well as the recently introduced luxury vehicle levy have accounted for the increase in prices.
He appealed to the government to waive the luxury vehicle levy for the Car Rental Association of Ghana.
“We are not supposed to be charged for the luxury vehicle tax because we contribute significantly to the development of the tourism industry in Ghana,” he said.
Mr. Ocran said the lack of interest in tourism by various governments and bad road networks were contributory factors to the decline of tourism in Ghana, something he said has had grave impact on the car rental services.
He expressed regrets that in recent times, armed robbers have been their worst enemies as they snatch cars from their drivers and in some situations, drivers lose their lives.
The president cautioned car rental services to invest in tracking devices and asked drivers to be vigilant.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyemang, expressed shock over concerns raised by Car Rental Association Ghana since according to him; the 2019 budget exempted the Association.
“After dialogue extensively with the finance minister, the Car Rental Association members are not suppose to be charged with the new luxury tax but since the association cars are not yet recognized in the system, I will go back again to ensure the right thing is done”