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Fees climb at LTA

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

Fees climb at LTA Running a vehicle is set to hit you where it hurts the most, in your pocket.  The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has increased all licensing and registration fees.

Chief Executive Officer, Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao, told the Samoa Observer in an email message that the increase in licensing was issued by Government and was tabled and approved in Parliament last year.

“The increase was meant to commence this Financial Year (2011-2012) however since the licensing period for vehicles uses the calendar year, we had to delay it for a six month period,” Leasi said.

Leasi said the new licensing fees replace the old fees, which have been in place since 2002.
“It has been 10 years since Government increased the fees.”

The new fee for renewing a driver’s license is now $70. The holder should already have had defensive driving courses.
A driver would have to pay $105 for a new commercial license, which is $35 fo

r the Defensive Driving Courses and $70 for the license.

For private licenses, it is now $135, which is a $35 increase.
Annual vehicle registration fees have also increased and are based on engine size.

The new fees were too much for some motorists who were at LTA yesterday.
One 44-year-old man who did not want to be named was upset but said he has no choice but to renew his driver’s license.

“$135 is high but I need it so that I can still drive and do my daily tasks,” the man said.
He was not alone.

Motorists quoted car registration costs of 280 tala last year but which are now 400 tala.
One truck driver said registration of his truck had risen from 600 to 900 tala. 

A lady in her 60’s was also upset about the new fees introduced by LTA.
She was there to renew her vehicle’s registration and was shocked when she was told of the new registration fee.

When asked how much she paid for her Tucson registration she said; “It’s too much.”
“I can’t believe it, this is another burden for all motorists, and I know I’m not alone on this.

“It’s something the government should look at. The diesel prices are skyrocketing, and now the registration fees, spare parts have gone up, what else is there?”
“But even though I’m complaining, what can we do? The government has the final say on all these licensing fee increases,” she said.

 

 

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