The body of truck operators, AIMTC, on Tuesday demanded the lifting of taxes on goods, roads and passengers for at least two quarters, saying transport operators were under severe financial strain and that about 65-70% of their vehicles were still not on the road. In a letter to all Chief Ministers, All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) Chairman Kultaran Singh Atwal also requested a penalty exemption for delay in renewing statutory documents in states until September 30.
“Transport operators (both in cargo and passenger spaces), large or small, are under great financial pressure and around 65 to 70 percent of their vehicles are still off the road. “In addition, given the current critical situation in trade … It has become difficult for carriers to pay MT tax / road tax / passenger tax for their vehicles, which is due since April 1, 2021,” said the ‘AIMTC.
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India has reported more than three lakh new cases of COVID-19 per day in recent weeks, forcing many state governments to put restrictions on the movement of people. “In the prevalent scenario of intermittent lockdowns, there is no major influx of business or revenue for these carriers and they are in abject scarcity… they cannot survive unless they are relieved of this burden.” , he added. AIMTC is the supreme body of transporters, representing around 95 lakh truckers and other entities.