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Corona Impact: Road Tax Payment have become a nightmare for Truck owners in Tamil Nadu

Corona Impact: Road Tax Payment have become a nightmare for Truck owners in Tamil Nadu

4.65 lakh Truck owners from Tamil Nadu are in deep trouble as they feel unable to pay Road Tax in the middle of the Corona pandemic and having very low truck loads.

On one hand there is a shortage of truck loads and on other hand Tamil Nadu road tax department asking for the Road Tax Payment from the Truck owners. It is to be noted that there are 4.65 lakhs trucks in Tamil Nadu. Govt. must help trucking industries in the slow economy time.

D Yadav | Trucking News India | 30 June 2020

Chennai: In the middle of the lock-down, the Tamil Nadu government has set June 30 as cut off time for Commercial vehicles to make road tax payment Truck owners are already reeling under pressure of slow business due to Corona, and now the diesel price hike say Tamil Nadu Commercial vehicle owners..

Shortage of Truck load

On one hand there is a shortage of business and on another hand Tamil Nadu road tax department asking for the payment of Road Tax from the Truck owners. It is to be noted that there are 4.65 lakhs trucks in Tamil Nadu.

As per press release issue by the Government of Tamil Nadu has around 4.65 lakh trucks. Of this, under 13% saw standard appointments during the lockdown, moving basics, for example, vegetables, milk and drugs and so on.

The rest of the trucks were sitting as most businesses stayed shut, said C Dhanraj of State Lorry Owners’ Federation.

“Given the diesel value climb, a truck proprietor needs to spend Rs 8,000 on fuel and Rs 2,000-Rs 2,500 as cost charge for voyaging one path from Salem to Chennai. Subsequent to deducting drivers’ compensation, agent bonus and different various costs, proprietors acquire scarcely Rs 1,500-Rs 2,000 for every outing,” Dhanraj included.

Government demand Road Tax:

In this background, the administration has reported that Commercial Vehicle Road Tax assessment of Rs 3,500-Rs 5,000 for every quarter ought to be paid before June 30, failing which a 100% penalties will be levied, this forced many Truck owners to get cash on loan to make Road Tax Payment .

S Yuvaraj,  Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owners Association stated, “While neighbouring states like Karnataka have deferred Road Tax for two months, Tamil Nadu has allowed just 45 days augmentation to pay it. How might we pay this when lockdown was forced from June 19?”.

Truck owners voice are not heard:

Truck owners have more than once requested of the vehicle office requesting a waiver like Karnataka as they were at that point overburdened with protection cost and EMIs of vehicle advances. Be that as it may, there was no reaction, he included.

While at any rate a couple of trucks had some salary, proprietors of private omni transports that have remained non-operational since Day 1 of lockdown (March 25) have additionally been approached to settle the expense.

Transport and lorry proprietors moved toward the Madras high court for help a month ago and the case is probably going to be heard on Tuesday.

Govt. must help:

Tamil Nadu Government must consider this issue of Truck owners seriously because in the Corona situation lock down has completely shattered the income of Truck owners especially small and medium one.

Trucking industries are very important for us and our economy Govt. must take positive and suitable steps to help them out.

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