THE Cebu Provincial Government will strictly implement the annual fixed tax on delivery and hauling trucks and vans of manufacturers, producers, dealers and retailers by providing provincial stickers.

Earlier, Capitol Chief Security Loy Madrigal was deputized by acting provincial treasurer Emmanuel Guial to inspect, seize and impound trucks in relation to Article H, Chapter III of the Revenue Code of Cebu 2008.

Under the the law, the annual fixed tax is P550 and it covers “every truck, van or any vehicle used by manufacturers, producers, wholesalers, dealers or retailers in the delivery or distribution of distilled spirits, fermented liquors, soft consumers, whether directly or indirectly within the Province.”

Checkpoints

Madrigal said they will conduct checkpoints along the highways within this week until Jan. 20 to inform drivers of delivery trucks and vans to get a provincial sticker at the treasurer’s office.

He said they might ask an employee of the treasurer’s office to be at the checkpoint with the stickers for those who want to immediately pay the annual tax.

The following are needed for the record of the provincial treasurer: truck’s registration with the name of the owner or proprietor, name of manager or president in the case of partnership and corporation, address of the office, plate number, certificate of registration number, engine number and sticker number for the existing year.

Those who don’t pay the tax on time will pay a surcharge of 25 percent, plus two-percent interest per month until the tax is paid.

Penalties

The provincial sticker should be placed in a conspicuous area like the windshield.

If the sticker is not displayed or if the owner of the truck or van does not pay the annual tax, the Capitol will impound the vehicle and its cargo.

Violators will also pay P1,000 to P5,000, or face a month to six months in prison, or both.

Madrigal emphasized that this is an annual obligation of the owner of a delivery vehicle.

He said even trucks and vans from Luzon and Mindanao should get the provincial sticker if these are traveling within Cebu Province.

“It’s the taxes that belong to the Province so we need to enforce (the said provision of the law),” he said.