Hon Tevita Lavemaau

22 June 2020 Minister of Finance, Revenue and Customs Hon Tevita Lavemaau told parliament that Government will give times to people in order to get ready before the commencement of the law to stop importing vehicles which are more than 15 years old.

This law could be started in September 2020 so that the people could have time to clear out vehicles that are already in the process of arriving here in Tonga, said the Finance Minister.

Hon Lavemaau stated that the law to ban import vehicles that more than 15 years old was based on too many old vehicles that are still on the roads which caused traffic-jam or roadblock during peak hours. Furthermore, the effect of climate change from the smokes of older vehicles also damages our environment and the ozone layer.

However, the government should be reviewed all import vehicles that aimed to use for plantation purposes according to the concerns from the people that were raised through social media about this law.

Hon Lavemaau claimed that it is cheaper for people to pay customs’ duty for the latest vehicles rather than the 15 years old vehicles or more.

The spirit of making any good law is to make it simple for people to understand the law and its transparency. The transparency should be questioned if the law allowed people to write a letter and ask the Minister or CEO foe an exemption.

The problems of traffic jams or traffic queues that we are currently facing in Tonga demanded the government to either build more roads or clamp down on vehicle importation.

The traffic queues along Taufa’ahau Road during peak hours are already a headache for most while some drivers are frustrated when sitting so long inside the vehicle during traffic-jams.

Does the ban on importing of 15+ years vehicles to Tonga could help in solving the problems on the road?

FAKAHA MINISITA PA’ANGA ‘I FALEALEA ‘E TOE VAKAI E PULE’ANGA KI HE NGAAHI ME’ALELE KI ‘UTA NA’A LAVA KE ‘OUA FAKAKAU KINAUTOLU ‘I HONO TA’OFI KOIA MO FAKANGATANGATA KI HE TA’U PE 15.

“Tapu pea mo e Feitu’ú na mo e Falé. ‘Eiki Sea ‘oku mea’i pē he Falé ni ‘oku tukuhifo ‘aupito ‘a e tukuhau ia ‘o e me’alelé pea ‘oku ‘i ai e hoha’a ‘i he social media mo e kakaí ‘Eiki Sea ko e ‘uhingá ko hono fakangatangata pē ko eni ‘o ngata he ta’u ‘e 15. Ko e founga ngāué ‘Eiki Sea ‘oku hoko ‘a e ngaahi me’alele motu’á he fonuá ni ko e palopalema lahi ia ki he ‘ātakaí. Pea taimi ko ē ‘e fakahoko ai ‘a e ngāue ko ení ‘Eiki Sea ‘oku mahino pē ia ki he Pule’angá. ‘Oku ‘i ai e ngaahi me’alele ia ‘oku ‘osi ‘omaí pē ‘oku lolotonga ‘omai pē …Ko e kau he laumālie ko ē ‘o e fatu ko ē e Lao, ko e faingofua very simple pea ‘ata kitu’a pea taliui. Ko e taimi ko ē ‘oku to e ‘ai ai ia ke faitu’utu’uni ‘a e motu’a ni pē ko e CEO ‘Eiki Sea, ‘e hoko leva ‘a e filifili mānako ia mo e ngaahi me’a ko ia, pea ‘ikai ke ngata ai, ‘oku ui koe redtap ‘ihe process, pea toe ‘omai ‘ae toe faitohi kole. Hangē pē koe me’a koē ‘oku ou fakahoha’a au ia ki ai ‘Eiki Sea, pau pē ke tuku e taimi fe’unga, tau pehē pē mahalo na’a ko Sepitema kuo lava ‘o maau mai pea toki kamata leva hono fakamālohi’i ‘o e konga Lao ko eni. Ka ko e fakakaukau pē ia, ko hono, na’e ‘i ai mo e hoha’a ia ‘Eiki Sea ki he ngaahi me’alele faka- ngōue, pea ‘oku ‘iai e mo’oni ia ai. Pea kuopau ke toe fai e sio kiai koe ‘uhinga koe ngaahi veeni pē ia ‘oku motu’a ka na’e ‘omai pē ia ko e ‘uhinga ko e ō ki ‘uta mo e ngaahi me’a pehē. ‘E fai mo hono fakakaukau’i ke lava pē ‘o fakafaingamālie’i, ka ko e ‘uhinga lahi eni ia ki he ngaahi me’alele ko ē ‘oku ‘omai ‘o ngāue’aki ko ē hotau hala pule’anga. Mea’i pē ‘e he Hou’eiki, taimi lahi ia ko e ‘uhinga e que ia ko e pomu ia ‘oku ‘i mu’a pea toki kohu ia ai ‘Eiki Sea. ‘Ikai ke ngata pē he’ene maumau’i e ‘ātakai ka ‘oku ne poloka ‘e ia e hala mo e ngaahi me’a pehē. Pea ko e me’a foki ‘e taha ‘Eiki Sea, ‘oku ma’ama’a ange ‘a e tute pē ko e tukuhau ia ‘o e me’alele ko ē ‘oku sai, ‘oku kei faka’ofo’ofa. Ka nēongo ia ‘e fai ‘a e sio ki ai ‘a e Potungāue…” (Miniti Falealea ‘o Tonga, 2020)

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