Withdraw new tax or face agitation: Transporters to authorities

JAMMU: All J&K Transport Welfare Association has expressed resentment against the imposition of a new onetime tax on the cost of vehicles-commercial as well as personal.

In a press conference here T.S Wazir, Association Chairman said, there will be agitation if the authorities did not withdrew the new tax.

"All new commercial vehicles will have to pay 9 per cent of the actual cost of the vehicle while the amount for non-commercial vehicles is 10 per cent in this new tax system," he said.

Wazir requested the Governor S.P Malik and his Advisors to get the new tax withdrawn.

"The transport sector is already facing recession post abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A and under such circumstances introduction of such new taxes will only add to woes of the transporters," he told reporters adding that many states in the country have not such a tax while those where this tax exists it is not more that 3-4 per cent.

"After learning the recession in auto sector Union Finance Minister has recently announced many relief measures while in J&K introduction of such taxes is not justified," Wazir maintained.

"We in J&K are already paying at Toll Plazas, Token Tax, Road Tax etc. Under these circumstances such a new tax will be unbearable," he further said.


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