Vehicle Ownership Administration Tariff Raise was Panic Move?

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB - Economy

A vehicle owner is seen taking his vehicle registration certificates (STNK) with extended validity at a mobile Vehicle Document Registration Center (Samsat) in Sukabumi, West Java, Friday (16/12). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The public gives a negative response to the government's policy in raising the tariff of vehicle registration certificates (STNK) and vehicle ownership documents (BPKB) administration. Many parties consider that the two to threefold tariff raise will become a burden to the public.

Despite the protest, the government will keep executing the new tariff on January 6, 2017. The National Police’s Traffic Corps Chief Insp. Gen. Agung Budi Maryoto said the new tariff will be introduced nationally according to Governmental Regulation No.60/2016 on Non-Tax Income Types and Tariffs.

The regulation was issued to replace Governmental Regulation No.50/2010 on Non-Tax Income Types and Tariffs. "So Governmental Regulation No.60/2016 on Non-Tax Income Types and Tariffs is the amendment of Governmental Regulation No.50/2010. Previously, it was Governmental Regulation No.31/2004, and Governmental Regulation No.22/1997," Agung said to, Monday (2/1).

The Governmental Regulation contains the implementation procedures of Law No.20/1997 on Non-Tax Income. Agung explained that non-tax income is one of the state incomes.

He said the government raises the non-tax income to balance the government’s expenditures and budget. Besides that, non-tax income is raised for better service sectors.

He also said that the non-tax income in the National Police is the form of investment in road safety. Agung said that main function of the Registration and Identification Division (Regident) in the Police’s Traffic Corps is to legalize vehicles, vehicle ownership, vehicle operations, and competence.

Besides that, Regident also acts as a law enforcer, they support various programs like Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), ETC, e-parking, e-banking, and the police forensics. The raise of non-tax income tariffs is expected to make the police serve better, faster, more accurate, more transparent, more accountable, more informative, more accessible, and provide more secured road safety.

Agung explained that the goal of services program in the traffic and public transport division (LLAJ) is to shape the mandates of LLAJ Law, which is to maintain the traffic security and safety.

Previously, Finance Deputy Minister Mardiasmo said that non-tax income is the main pillar that supports the state income. "29 percent of the state income is contributed by non-tax income," Mardiasmo said in Dhanapala Building, Finance Ministry, Jakarta (6/12).

Meanwhile, an expert on public policy, Agus Pambagio, considers that the raise of STNK, BPKB, and driving license administration tariff can't be included as the state income, except the government use the tariff for public transport development.

According to him, According to him, the raise of vehicle ownership documents administration tariff is the government’s panic move in covering the lack of state income. "The government seems panicked in raising taxes by force as they’ve failed with their tax amnesty program," Agus said to, Monday (2/1).

Agus said it would be better if the government handle the leaking State Budget (APBN) first instead of giving a burden to the public.