Hotline to obtain vehicle licences

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The Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment has introduced three telephone numbers to obtain information, including a hotline to refer problems related to obtaining electric vehicle import permits under the recently introduced initiative of allowing Sri Lankan migrant workers remitting money through formal channels to import an electric vehicle according to a press release issued by the Ministry.

The information can be obtained by calling Pradabodha Kaggoda Arachchi on hotline 0773 039 034 or 0112 368 175 or the Senior Assistant Secretary (Control) of the Ministry on 0112 582 447. Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, recently, obtained Cabinet approval to permit migrant workers to import an electric vehicle based on the amount they remit to the country through official channels.

A migrant worker who has remitted more than 3000 US dollars through official channels from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023, will be granted a license to import an electric motorcycle with a CIF value of 50 per cent less than the amount sent. Meanwhile, those who have transferred more than 20,000 US dollars from 1 May 2022 to 31st December 2022 will be permitted to import an electric car. Accordingly, the opportunity to import an electric car, a double cab, a van or a tipper truck will be granted.

Applications to obtain the relevant vehicle import licences have now been published on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment and the website of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The Ministry further states that the applications should be completed and submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment along with all relevant documents.