Drivers urge govt to bring fuel under GST, defer EMIs

    Bringing fuel under GST ambit and deferment of vehicle EMIs for a few more months are some of the requests made by cab and autorickshaw drivers who are in a fix due to heavy restrictions on travel.

    Drivers attached to the Urimai Kural Otunar Thozhirsangam in Tuticorin submitted a representation to the chief minister seeking his intervention to help them get some relief till they limp back to normalcy.

    “By May 17 we will be under lockdown for 54 days due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our livelihood is solely dependent on the travel pattern of the public. We are now struggling for our next meal and have knocked on the doors of the government,” district secretary of the association M Jayaraj said.

    The drivers also expressed shock and disappointment over the drastic increase in tax while the international crude oil price has hit rock bottom. They said that fuel should be brought under the GST ambit under which the highest tax rate is only 28%. They said this will give them some relief on fuel spending. The benefit too could be passed on to the customers.

    “It would also take a long time to revive the economy, so we want the government to defer payment of loans for our vehicles by three more months till the end of September,” they said.

    They also sought extension of deadline to renew licence, permits, badge till September 30 and closing down all the toll plazas across the state. The association also sought a monthly dole of Rs 2,000 and appealed to the government to permit early operation of taxis and autorickshaws.

    Source- Times of India.

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