Lebanon News

Parliament extends car maintenance fee deadline

Prime Minister Tammam Salam (R) and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrive at the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Parliament Thursday endorsed Thursday a bill allowing people to benefit from a 90 percent reduction on outstanding vehicle fees as it resumed its two-day legislative session.

If the salary scale draft law is approved by the joint committees later in the day, Speaker Nabih Berri has said he will call for another session Friday.

Lawmakers endorsed a draft law stipulating that people who have been fined for failure to pay car maintenance fees (mecanique) on time can benefit from a 90 percent reduction on the condition they make the payments before Sep. 30.

A similar decision was taken two years ago that included traffic fines, municipal and other fees.

During the two-hour session, Parliament also passed a draft law allowing private companies to produce electricity for the state-run company Electricite Du Liban.

The session, chaired by Berri, started at 11:00 a.m, with lawmakers discussing five draft laws.

Lawmakers approved in the previous session Wednesday six draft laws while rejecting two others and merging two other bills into one.

Among the six draft laws passed by Parliament was a bill to make Civil Defense contract workers and volunteers full-tim employees after they pass required tests.

Lawmakers also approved a draft law to crossing out an article in the penal code that did not criminalize the battering of children at the hands of parents and teachers.





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