New Delhi, Jun 7 (UNI) Close on the heels of a hike in the prices of diesel by the Centre, truckers across the country today threatened to shut down their business from July 2 unless the government fulfilled their demands, including reduction in duties on diesel.
After a meeting of the All India Motor Transport Congress, the apex body of truckers in the country, it was decided that the truckers would shut down their business from July 2 if the Government did not meet their demands, including an abolition of service tax, a reduction in toll tax and reduction in duties on diesel.
Speaking to UNI here, the president of the AIMTC Charan Singh Lohara said the huge toll tax and service tax levied on truckers coupled with the nearly four time rise in diesel prices over the last few years, had made it unviable for them to continue their operations.
''Where is the justification for the nearly 40 to 50 per cent increase in toll tax by the national highway authority of India when the number of vehicles and commensurately the toll tax recovery has increased over the years.
Also, under an agreement with the Government in 2004, service tax is chiefly leviable on the the consigner, not on trucker,''Lohara said.
Criticising the huge increase in diesel prices, he said,''the exhorbitant duties on diesel are unjustifiable. The present system wherein the duties are linked to international crude prices, should be done away with and only fixed duties be imposed per barrel of oil. Linking the durties with international crude prices puts an unecessary burden on the diesel prices, putting unnecessary burden on truckers.'' He said if the Government did not pay heed to their demands by June 30, the truckers would be forced to shut down their business from July 2.
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