The JVP says the government must not completely halt the import of vehicles, and must instead provide importers a quota for vehicles or provide solutions to their grievances.
Former Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti speaking at a media briefing today said vehicle importers were hopeful of some concessions through the 2022 Budget.
Handunnetti said imports have been halted resulting in several issues.
He added the Sri Lanka Customs has lost 30-40% of tax income, around 10,000 individuals have lost employment, shortages in spare parts have been reported with garages also being forced to shut down.
The former Parliamentarian said vehicle importers and spare parts importers were expecting a certain quota if not a lifting of the ban on vehicle imports through the Budget.
He charged the government of disregarding suggestions of licensed importers and instead taking into consideration suggestions of scrap businessmen.
Meanwhile, commenting on the decision to suspend operations of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery, Handunnetti said Minister Udaya Gammanpila made various claims over the decision.
He said the Minister said the closure was due to pending repairs from over 50 years while later at the same media briefing claimed the closure was due to the lack of foreign exchange and later said it was an internal matter concerning the Oil Refinery that does not need to be made public.
The former MP questioned the purpose of the media briefing held by Minister Gammanpila if it was indeed an internal matter concerning the Refinery which does not need to be made public.
Handunnetti questioned whether refining crude oil and fuelling airplanes were internal matters.
He said the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will not function again due to the foreign exchange crisis.