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PHOTO CAPTION: Earl Jarret, chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA).

Jamaica, Other Caribbean Nations Urged to Reduce Hybrid, EV Import Duties

Lowering duties seen as spurring the sale of more fuel efficient motor vehicles.

Published: 10-Feb-2014

Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), is advocating that import and other duties on hybrid and electric vehicles be further reduced in order that Jamaican and other Caribbean consumers can purchase them, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency.

He emphasised that with the right type of public policy there is opportunity for more hybrid vehicles to be introduced into the region. These use cleaner fuel or a combination with other renewable fuel sources, such as bio-fuels. "It is, therefore, an opportunity for the State to consider a further reduction of the duties on hybrid vehicles as an incentive to get more persons to make the switch," Jarrett explained.

The JAA chairman advanced the duty incentive during his presentation, 'Fuel Economy in the Caribbean: A Consumer Perspective', at last week's Cleaner Fuels and More Efficient Vehicles Conference for the Caribbean, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, from February 3-4.

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