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Fnm Deputy Backs Decision To Delay Vat On Bridge Toll Fees

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K Peter Turnquest

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

THE decision by the Bridge Authority to delay the introduction of Value Added Tax on toll fees at the Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island was today endorsed by Free National Movement Deputy Leader K Peter Turnquest.

Mr Turnquest welcomed the decision, insisting the idea to “further tax the working class made no sense”.

A notice in The Tribune today from Bridge Authority management advised Paradise Island employers and employees, residents, transport companies and the public that VAT on tolls has been postponed “until further notice”.

The Bridge Authority announced last week that it would increase toll rates by 7.5 per cent as of midnight on July 13. The toll for single axle vehicles would have seen an increase from $1 to $1.08; $2 becomes $2.15 for double axles; and $3 becomes $3.23 for triple axle vehicles.

On Sunday, Mr Turnquest labelled the move as a “burden on the working class”, insisting the people who would have been affected the most were primarily the “workers going over to Paradise Island to work”.

Labour Minister Shane Gibson, whose department has responsibility for the Bridge Authority, referred all commentary on the matter to Bridge Authority Director, Melissa Hall. She could not be reached for comment.

Comments

Cobalt 3 years, 11 months ago

"Turnquest Backs Decision to Delay VAT on Bridge Toll Fees????" Seriously????

VAT should have never been implemented in the first place! When the delegates from New Zealand recommended that our government considered using VAT; one of the first things that they insisted upon was that a "freedom of information act" be put in place so that the citizens of the Bahamas could evaluate and assess the manner in which their tax dollars were being spent! However, Prime Minister Perry Christie and his PLP conveniently ignored this portion of the recommendation, and initiated VAT in the manner they saw fit!! This is criminal to say the least!!

And with this knowledge in mind.... this is all Peter Turnquest has to say on the matter??? What kind of nonsense is this????

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TalRussell 3 years, 11 months ago

Comrades, what are we call deputy leader red shirts cuz so confusing when one day Tribune calling him, K Peter Turnquest, Peter Turnquest and sometimes just K.P.Turnquest? I thinks we needs knows he true identity?

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sansoucireader 3 years, 11 months ago

Where is the article "VAT On Bridge Toll Fees Delayed"?

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TheMadHatter 3 years, 11 months ago

It says there was a "notice" in today's paper from the Bridge Authority. I didn't see the paper, so don't know.

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sansoucireader 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I read the article on the front page of the paper. I'm trying to find it here on-line. The headline is there but 'clicking' only takes you to this story. Wanted to post it on FB but it's not here.

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watcher 3 years, 11 months ago

On Sunday, Mr Turnquest labelled the move as a “burden on the working class”, insisting the people who would have been affected the most were primarily the “workers going over to Paradise Island to work”.

I have news for Mr Turnquest, something he may have missed in the last 6 months........

ALL VAT is a burden on the working class, not just the bridge toll. It is a tax that the Government has imposed on the few working families in this country, in order to pay for decades of political mismanagement.

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gangof4 3 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps one of the stupidest, most ridiculous things ever proposed by any government administration in our entire history.

You really couldn't make this "Sugar, Honey (and) Ice Tea" up if you tried (although some pin head obviously did)!

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