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MTW to be sued over cars

MTW to be sued over cars Some of the assembled vehicles that have not been registered by the Licensing Authority. (Picture by Maria Bradshaw.)

Sat, January 26, 2013 - 12:08 AM

A lawyer has said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) for failing to register three vehicles assembled locally.

Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne told the SATURDAY SUN that his client had brought in shells and assembled the vehicles but had so far been unable to get them registered by the Licensing Authority. Thorne insisted that all the assembly steps had been complied with.

“I wrote to the Chief Licensing Officer and gave him until the end of this week to respond and give me a justifiable reason for their actions. I have received no response so I will be filing proceedings in the next few days,” the lawyer said.

Thorne explained that the same client experienced difficulties in getting the shells released from the Port Authority last July, even though he had also adhered to all of the requirements and had paid his duties. (MB)

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Posted by Chris Wright 1 year, 6 months ago
Hmmmm! Interesting circumstance, one has to wonder what resistance has been brought to the attention of MTW, to stop this procedure of assembling cars in Barbados. Is there a scare that this will become the norm as customers try to get cars at a more reasonable price? If so there must be some government regulations in place to level the playing field with the dealers who import cars. Could it be that this may be the reason for the action taken by the MTW. if so why not state it publicly.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 6 months ago
More inaction under this government.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 6 months ago
The Automobile business like Government is big business this guy really expect to step into it with this paltry investment.Now how long a lawsuit will take ? In Barbados civil suits of this kind average ten years.

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 6 months ago
I am always impressed by innovative and creative entrepreneurs and this one is no different. Without knowledge of any details it seems to me that this individual is sharp and on-the-ball. I therefore find myself wondering what could be the issues here. Bear with me as I think aloud. There are several established businesses that would suffer if this local assembly concept takes root and starts to sell attractive, functional, reliable and comparatively inexpensive vehicles. Is it possible that the significant clout of those established entities has brought pressure to bear on the authorities with the result of slowing the Port release and licensing processes. Just wondering. LB.

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Posted by Samuel Shank 1 year, 6 months ago
Come on now, lets get real. This "assembly" business is taking money out of the government's pockets. Do you think they are going to sit back and allow it forever?
The assembly business is just a way of making use of a loop hole in the law. Car parts have a lesser rate of duty than complete cars. A difference of something like parts are 30% on CIF and cars are between 160 and 200% on CIF depending on engine size and value.
The established garages are serious employers and probably contributors to the political parties, so they are going to be protected to some extent by the government.
In my opinion, I can't see any reason to limit the age of a used car being imported to 4 years old, any car that a person wants to buy should be allowed.

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