An amendment to a circular which allows MPs to import vehicles for their personal use has been termed a ‘corrective measure’ by the Government.
“Actually, this should be termed as a corrective measure,” Minister of Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella told the Sunday Leader.
According to the earlier circular, the Government permitted MPs to import vehicles, with duty concessions, as long as they had not used this facility within the last five years. However, the time period was originally counted from the day an MP imported the vehicle into Sri Lanka.
The circular has now been amended, so that the time period begins from the day the last vehicle permit was issued.
With the amendment, more MPs would fall within the five year time period and would be eligible for the concession.
“Sometimes you have financial issues when importing, even after getting the permit. You might have to visit a bank and work out a facility. However, when you are issued with a vehicle permit, it is valid from that day onwards,” Rambukwella said. As such, he said the correct five year time period should begin from the day the permit was issued.