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Transport operators intensify protest seeking waiver of MVT, parks over 1,000 buses on roads

Hyderabad, Jun 29 (UNI) Intensifying their protest seeking waiver of Motor Vehicle Tax (MVT) for the contract carriage vehicles and Maxi Cabs in view of lockdown, the transport operators parked mre than 1,000 buses on roads near the offices of Road Transport Authority across Telangana on Monday.
Several operators were later arrested by the Hyderabad police.
In a statement here, Telangana State Cabs & Bus Operators Association (TSCBOA) President Syed Nizamuddin and other leaders said, "We went to the RTA offices, along with our buses, to meet the authorities to surrender our vehicles for 'Non Use' as we are not in a position to pay Advance Tax.
We're trapped in a very bad situation. Almost all buses and cabs were parked in garages due to lockdown since March 22. The relaxations since June 1 did not help us as the IT Industry, Tourism and other related businesses are still shut and they are not hiring our vehicles.
We may not have any business from the IT Sector till December end. But the State Government wants to pay MV Tax since April which is not only illogical, but unethical and inhuman.
We're are seeking waiver of MV Tax for the quarter from April-June and extension of deadline to surrender vehicles for 'Non Use', they said.
Mr Nizamuddin said that as per rules, the operators need to pay tax, if they surrender a vehicle for 'Non Use'. But they cannot surrender the vehicle if they've dues for previous quarters.
"Since we had almost zero business since lockdown, we have no money to pay the tax for the quarter April-June. Now we will be forced to pay Advance Tax for the quarter July-September. All operators are willing to pay taxes for the buses which they operated. But it is highly immoral on the part for the government to seek taxes for vehicles which were not used at all," he said.
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