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Alcohol and cigarette prices also go up

The Government yesterday introduced a mini-budget, raising taxes on vehicle imports, cigarettes and alcohol. The move will have immediate implications with vehicle prices going up by amounts ranging from Rs. 300,000 to Rs. five million, hard-liquor by Rs. 60 a litre, imported beer by Rs. 50 a litre and local cigarettes by Rs. one.The government said it was expecting to raise Rs. 3 billion from the tax on tobacco and liquor. However the tax on vehicle imports was also aimed at curtailing the imports and improving on foreign reserves by preventing the outflow of foreign exchange.

“We have too many vehicles on the roads with an average of 3,000 vehicles being registered a day. This is a burden on the country. Our oil import bill too has increased,” Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

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Police will shortly begin implementing the Driver Improvement Points system, passed in Parliament last Thursday. This introduces the accumulation of points for committing various traffic offences which would result in drivers having their driving licenses suspended for up to a year.

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Due to the alarming increase in the number of fatal traffic accidents, the Government has decided to expeditiously implement a points scheme leading to the cancellation of the offender's driving licence if he/she repeatedly violates traffic laws.

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