Importers of vehicles with used tyres, including the spares, will have to face fines from next month, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) warned in a statement on Wednesday.“(GRA) hereby informs vehicle importers and the general public that effective June 1, 2017, persons importing vehicles with used tyres, including the spare, which do not conform to the stipulated standards set out following the recently-amended laws will be required to pay fines for each tyre not in conformity,” the revenue body said.The categories of motor vehicles for which used tyres are restricted include motor cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles. The GRA added that the restriction excludes heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sectors, and special purpose vehicles.Following the February 1, 2017 imposition of the ban on used tyres, in accordance with Part II of the Second Schedule to the Customs Act (List of Restricted Imports), the Authority had allowed a one-month phase-in period.During that period, tyres on used vehicles were allowed entry into the country once the vehicles were purchased and shipped prior to April 1, 2017. Importers were told that if vehicles with used tyres were brought in thereafter, they would face the penalty.However, the GRA in Wednesday’s missive pointed out that while the controversial restriction on used tyres became effective on April 1, it has been observed that vehicles were still being imported with used tyres. The standard set for used tyres to be allowed (once they were imported with the vehicle) is no less than 6mm in measurement.“This standard was set and is being monitored by GRA in conjunction with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). However, when tyres are imported separately, only brand new tyres shall be allowed into the country. This measure also became effective April 1 in accordance with the amended Law,” the tax agency noted.Importers of used tyres on vehicles not in conformity with the 6 mm and over standard will be fined for each category of tyres – $10,000 for motor cars, vans, minibuses; and $15,000 for SUVs and pick-up vehicles.“It must be noted that importers of vehicles not in conformity will be required to pay the fines per tyre prior to the vehicles being released by Customs,” the tax body noted.Moreover, the GRA reminded that the Customs duty charged on new tyres was reduced from 30 to 15 per cent effective February 1, 2017.Even as Government forges ahead with implementing the new law, the Guyana Used Tyres Association continues to protest the move, staging several picketing exercises to get Government to reverse the ban, but to no avail.The Association has even submitted a petition with over 100 signatures. According to information supplied by the dealers, used tyres cost between $3000 and $5000, whereas new ones would be more than two times that price, as they lament the impact the ban has had on the livelihood of used tyres dealers.
0Shares0000Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka salvaged a draw against Serbia. © dpa/AFP / Christian CharisiusBERLIN, Germany, Mar 21 – Leon Goretzka spared coach Joachim Loew a humiliating defeat with a second-half equaliser as a new-look Germany side were held to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s friendly against Serbia.Having controversially dropped veterans Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller from the national squad two weeks ago, coach Loew had announced the beginning of a “new era” ahead of Wednesday’s game. “I was generally happy with the performance. You could see that there were a few communication problems, but that is something which improves with experience at this level,” Loew told German broadcaster RTL after the game.The young Germany side looked comfortable in the opening exchanges, but Serbia scored with their first chance on 12 minutes.A fortunate deflection at a corner found Luka Jovic unmarked in front of goal, and the Eintracht Frankfurt striker nodded the ball past Manuel Neuer.Germany brought on Marco Reus and Leon Goretzka in the second half, and set about grinding down a solid Serbian defence.On the odd occasion Germany did break through, Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic frustrated the hosts with strong saves.But after Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan failed to take chances, Goretzka equalised on 69 minutes, lashing the ball past Dmitrovic from the edge of the box.“Generally, when we have the ball on the wings, I try to find space between the penalty spot and the edge of the area, and on this occasion I struck the ball really well,” Goretzka told RTL.Serbian forward Milan Pavkov was sent off late in the game for a dangerous challenge on Leroy Sane, but the Germany and Manchester City player confirmed that he had not been injured.“I think the tackle looked worse than it was,” Sane told RTL.Germany will open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign when they face the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Cavan manager Val Andrews has named debutants for his side’s Ulster Football Championship clash with Donegal at Breffni Park this Sunday.Niall Murray, Niall McDermott, Gearoid McKiernan and Fergal Flanagan have been called in from the U-21 squad.Goalkeeper James Reilly is the most experienced player in the team, having made his Championship debut in 2003. Cavan team to play Donegal in the Ulster Football Championship at Breffni Park on Sunday 12 June:James Reilly, James McEnroe, Patrick Carroll, Dane O Dowd, Niall Murray, John McCutcheon, Damien Reilly, Ray Cullivan, David Givney, Gearoid McKiernan, Micheal Lyng, Fergal Flanagan, Niall McDermott, Eugene Keating, Sean Johnston.GAA: CAVAN NAME YOUNG SIDE TO PLAY DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal v cavan