Learn about the bill that proposes to reduce the vehicle tax in cities with peak and plate

The representative Forero said that Claudia López is not interested in mobility issues as much as in collection issues, referring to the Pico y Placa solidarity.  (Council of Bogota)
The representative Forero said that Claudia López is not interested in mobility issues as much as in collection issues, referring to the Pico y Placa solidarity. (Council of Bogota)

On January 10, just two days ago, a new pico y placa format began operating in Bogotá, a topic around which a deep debate has historically been woven about whether the prohibition on people using their own goods, It is the correct way to counteract congestion and even regulate the purchase of vehicles.

Given these vehicle restriction measures, on August 3 of last year, a bill was filed in the House of Representatives “through which modify Law 488 of 1998 in relation to the Tax on Motor Vehicles”, and what he proposes, words more words less, is that cities with vehicle restriction measures such as Bogotá, pay less vehicle tax.

“This was a project that I presented last semester, which was a campaign promise inspired by the arbitrary measures that the Mayor Claudia Lopez About the beak and plate. He has already been filed, he already has papers, sadly several negative ones, and he wants there to be a proportional tax discount of vehicles to the peak and license plate that governs the corresponding territorial entity. This means that if in a city like Bogotá, where drivers are prohibited from using the car 15 hours a day, 10 days a month, they would have a discount proportional to that restriction”, the representative to the Chamber began by explaining to Infobae by Bogota’s Democratic Center and author of the initiative, Andres Forero.

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He immediately warned that this is a project that appeals to the tax equity and, if approved, it will only apply to registered vehicles, whose owners can demonstrate that they circulate permanently in the municipality or district where the vehicle restriction exists.

In this sense, this is a bill that, in addition to the tax relief to which it aspires, also will encourage cars to be registered in the territorial entity where they normally circulate, and not exactly as happens in the Colombian capital, where many individuals choose to register their cars in municipalities of the Department of Cundinamarca because it is cheaper.

“This would be a law that would appeal to tax equity and that would make mayors think twice before imposing those restrictions so abusively because, at least what one sees in the case of Claudia López, is that she is not interested so much in mobility issues as in fundraising issues. If you were really interested in the issue of mobility, you would not be raising the Pico y Placa solidarity so that those who have more resources can use the car daily ”, added the representative Forero to this means of communication.

Lastly, representative Forero indicated that it is inconceivable to think that limiting the use of private vehicles is the only way to improve mobility in a city like the Colombian capital.

“Here in Bogotá we have seen how the mayoress commits atrocities with measures such as extending the beak and plate to the whole day when, campaigning, said these would be restrictions that he would not increase. But if there already are, that at least there is a tax relief for this measure. Because it is very unfair that a person who can only use their car 20 days a month has to pay the vehicle tax as if they were going to use it every day. Let’s see what ends up happening Third Commission”, added the former councilor of Bogotá.

Faced with this fundamental question, how much does the restriction of the private vehicle affect mobility, the President of Andemos, Oliverio Garcíaagreed with representative Forero that this is not the way, and the figures prove it:

“The administration is seeking to solve mobility problems, but it will not achieve it through the establishment of measures that narrow the capacity of private mobility, as long as the underlying problem is not being attacked. Colombia is one of the most under motorized countries in the worldso these measures will not provide a solution to congestion,” the president of Andemos told Infobae, who immediately referred to the figures for the vehicle fleet in Colombia.

“Colombia, instead of selling 250,000 vehicles per year, should be selling 500,000 units. European countries have an indicator of 40 new vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants; in the United States it is more than 50 and in Japan it is a figure similar to the European one. The indicator in Colombia is 5, so I ask again: will reducing vehicular mobility reduce congestion?” García concluded.

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