Over Motorbikes Registration, Senator Cooper Launches Appeal To Transport Ministry On Behalf Of Motorcyclists In Margibi
Margibi County Senator, Oscar A. Cooper has launched an appeal to the Ministry of Transport on behalf of Motorcyclists in the County to reduce the US$50 charged for lesson plate to US$25 and to also extend the registration time announced by the Ministry.
It can be recalled that the Ministry last week announced that all was set for the commencement of Vehicle, tri-cycle and motorbike registration in the County to be followed by Bong and Nimba Counties, but heads of various Unions in Margibi said the pronouncement was abrupt and the amount charged was exorbitant thus appealing for reduction and the extension of time from October to January of 2019.
This led the Ministry to have halted the process and members of the various Motorcycle Unions met with the Senator seeking his intervention on their behalf. On Monday, October 8, 2018; it was later announced that the process would kicked off on Monday, October 8, 2018.
Ahead of the kick-off plan, Senator Cooper told The Monrovia Times that he is appealing to the Executive Branch of Government which the Transport Ministry is part of to see reasons to reduce the amount and extend the time.
The Senator disclosed that these are difficult times and everyone knows that there is an economic hardship and the young people are trying to make a living, as such; he is appealing that the Ministry reduces the registration fee from US$50 to US$25 per lesson plate and give the motorcyclists up to the end of October to allow them generate money to go through the process.
Hon. Cooper disclosed that he has spoken to the Ministry of Transport, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on the issue. He stated that it is good for the Government to collect taxes as it is good for the motorcyclists to pay taxes something he said they have not refused to pay but they are appealing for the amount to be reduced to US$25 and by that they will start paying.
“Because of the economic situation you all know it is difficult, you hear people in the street, you hear the fourth estate, so we’re appealing at this time to the Government, let it be twenty-five dollars and then every year if you want put five dollars on it, make awareness” he added.
He said another part of it is making the awareness on time instead of five days because none of the young people have Bank account that they are saving money where they can go to withdraw the fifty dollars charged.
Senator Cooper said he believes that everybody should pay tax like he is because tax helps to build roads and infrastructures to offer social services but at the same time he believes that the amount charged is high.
He said the ability to pay tax should be there and the collector must win the confidence of the one who is paying. He said there is a need for everyone to be a winner in the process.
In a related development, the Margibi Senator has awarded scholarships to thirteen motorcyclists to attend the University of Liberia out of which 3 is being offered to the leadership of the Union and the rest will be done through a lottery process for the sake of transparency.
The Senator also awarded an additional five Motorcyclists scholarship to attend the Booker T. Washington Institute
Hon. Cooper at the same time said awarding scholarship is his job indicating that he represents the people of Margibi with Motorcyclists being of no exception.