Friday, April 13, 2007

Safety is optional

The government, in it’s never ending insatiable drive to collect money, has decided to impose customs and sales taxes on safety and environmental equipment on new cars. It is expected that new car prices will go up between 6% and 8% as a result. The exemptions that were in place before were granted a few months ago, but now we are told that “new car designs integrate these features into the car, and so the exemptions are meaningless”. Yes, the car manufacturers of the world waited for the Jordanian government to enact this exemption, so that they can suddenly, in unison, change the way that they design their cars. How about “people started importing cars with the features included after the exemption was in place.”?

Now, car importers are considering not including many of these features on new cars, in order to lower costs.

Another way that people will save money is to hold on to their old cars for a little longer. This is not a reassuring thought, given the condition of many of the cars on the road all ready. I suspect that any net gain collected by the government will be spent on medical treatment for victims of car crashes. Oh, I forgot. There is no universal health insurance in Jordan.

The late king Hussein used to say “people are our most valuable asset”. I think that the government’s new slogan should be “people are useful to tax, but expensive to protect”.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger Mohanned said...

It is just wierd how we as jordanians became "Drugged" or you can say under influence, I bet you if the government said tomorrow we will double the prices of gas and we will send our youth in "7'edmet el 3alam" to serve in iraq nobody will even say anything!!Bel3arabi el nas tamsa7at!!

About safety in cars, we now have iraqis with lots of money and big jordanian guys with the millions;those people will afford to have safety in their cars but the ordinar jordanian will not need them and eventually will die enshalla and the government will have on less problem to handle!!Ya rajol if the prime minister can't name the corrupts so who can?We need to fu$%#ng know who they are(we know but we are afraid to say)

At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think that the government’s new slogan should be “people are useful to tax, but expensive to protect”.

How about "Jordan, the Middle East's only idiocracy."

It's not that we ARE the Middle East's only idiocracy, but it seems from the behavior of our governments that we want to be the best at it :D

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Mohanned: Our politicians think that Lebanon and Iraq are more important issues. So, who will speak for us?

Hamzeh: I think that we need to find something we excel at. This is as good as anything else :)

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another misguided and narrow-minded decision by the government. I am really annoyed since as an environmentalist my concern is to increase all incentives for environmentally friendly equipment and yet the only concern for some decision makers is to rip off the customers.


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