Chain hunger strike over amendment in motor vehicle act


All Commercial Vehicle Joint Action Committee (ACVJAC) continues protest against amendment in the motor vehicle act and hike in the taxes on the commercial vehicles.

About ten persons were lodging chain hunger strike near Directorate of Transport Shimla on January 15, 2014 to press their demand charter to not amend the motor vehicle act and not to raise the present limit of taxes being imposed on various vehicles.

ACVJAC president Jeet Ram told that state government under the garb of amending present HP Motor Vehicle Act 1972-32 has proposed huge hike in the taxes imposed on taxies, cabs, trucks and other goods carrier, stage carrier, contract carriage. Buses owned by private education and other institutions, vehicles of private transporters, recovery and cranes, ambulance and dead vehicles.

He alleged that slabs being proposed by the state government for levying tax on the vehicles are unreasonable and disproportionate to their sources of incomes should not be imposed on them.

Shyam Kashyap who was sitting on chain hunger strike said that tax is unreasonable and if their demands are not met they would stall the entire traffic after observing complete blockade on February 10 2014.

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