The Minibus Owners Association of Malawi MOAM has petitioned parliament to remove excise duty on imported minibuses to enable operators import new minibuses.
Moam has also asked the National Assembly currently meeting in Lilongwe to reduce import duty on minibuses.
Secretary General of Moam Coxley Kamange told Nyasa Times in an interview that government needs to consider minibus operators to ensure the transport industry thrives.
“We feel if exercise duty is removed, it will help us replace old minibuses and that in the end will ensure safety of passengers who are our customers,” said Kamanga.
Kamange said most operators are failing to import new minibuses due to high excise and import duty.
Government has been all along remove tax on big buses the development that has left Moam members complaining of being sidelined on such initiative.
Meanwhile, government is in consultations with various stakeholders on issues to be incorporated in the 2014/2015 national budget to be presented in Parliament in September.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :