Truckers on strike from today, demand inclusion of diesel in GST

All India truckers go on 2-day nationwide strike demanding GST on diesel

The 36-hour-long all India motor vehicle strike led by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) in protest against the disruptive Goods and Services Tax (GST) and new policies in the transport sector has not hit Kerala badly.

Federation of Bombay Motor Transport Operators, Bombay Transport Cooperative Consumers Society, Maharashtra Tanker Lorry Owners Association are also taking part in the strike, he said.

The nationwide two-day strike announced by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) caused the state a loss of almost Rs 100 crore on the first day. The strike may affect the markets all over the country but we have left with no option.

The 48-hour strike ahead of Diwali is meant to force Central and State governments agree on bringing diesel under the Good and Services Tax (GST) regime, have an alternative collection of toll on highways and ensure transparency at check-posts across the country. He also pointed out that the government taxes used businesses, which means double taxation. The AIMTC says that dynamic pricing of fuel has affected them adversely.

"It is high time the government rationalised taxes on diesel and reduce its prices in line with the global market".

"The exorbitant increase in the diesel price and daily fluctuations are affecting the road transport sector".

Calcutta Goods Transport Association (CGTA) President Prabhat Kumar Mittal had yesterday that the post GST scenario has critically impaired the transport trade and the body would support the strike called by AIMTC.

According to truck operator, confusions arose with the existence of Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM) and Forward Charge (FCM) in GST system. Calling it a "suicidal move", transport dealers said that they are going on strike for two days despite making losses. Diesel and tolls account for more than 70 per cent of the operating cost of trucks.

"The contra laws in the present GST regime are leading to coercive registration and unnecessary compliances by truckers and transporters".

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