Luxury car dealers to stage demo on July 9

Vehicle and Assets Dealers Association of Ghana are scheduled to hit the streets on July 9, 2019, to demonstrate against the levy imposed on luxury vehicles.
The president of the Association, Eric Kwaku Boateng, in an interview on Maakye aired on Kessben FM/TV, said the move has become imperative because the government has failed to fulfill his promise after their first meeting with the ministry of transport.

“When Mahama came out to speak on the issue that he will scrap it when elected in 2020, we were called by the finance ministry for a meeting, they promised to reduce the levy tax so we should give them some time, it’s been two months now, up to date no feedback from government”

According to Mr. Boateng, their action has no backing from any government opposition but because their businesses are collapsing.
“It has never happened before in the history of Ghana that car dealers have embarked on a demonstration of any kind, we are an independent association, regardless of the government in power, we can’t be influenced by money from any power. It has been two months since our last meeting, and nothing has been done about this luxury levy which in turn is collapsing our jobs.”

Mr. Boateng further revealed that, if the government does not adhere to their needs after their demonstration on July 9, in Accra, they will plan another protest in Kumasi two weeks after the first one to inform the government of their seriousness.

“if you have children and one of them likes crying, it will be obvious that you wouldn’t like that particular child, that exactly what we plan to do, if the government does not adhere to our needs after our first demonstration, we will cry until he finally listens and acts” he asserted.

The government in August 2018 introduced the vehicle luxury tax as a new policy to help raise more revenue.
The levy was specifically for vehicles with an engine capacity of 3.0 litres and above.

According to Mr. Boateng, a lot more of these deemed luxury vehicles have been parked in various garages across the country as considered buyers have refused to buy them because of the levy.

By: Derrick Ofori/