Transporters demand rollback in diesel price hike amid lockdown

All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) on Tuesday demanded the rollback of diesel price hike and said increasing duties and taxes may disrupt the supply of essential commodities.

Despite barely 30 percent of the trucks on highways, Centre’s orders for hassle-free movement of truckers carrying goods have not percolated down to many states and there have been reports of harassment and extortion, it said.

AIMTC, the apex body of transporters which represent about 95 lakh truckers and entities, said there is acute discontentment among the road transport fraternity in the country and asked for government intervention.

“The bombshell came with the announcement of diesel price hike, earlier in northeast states and now in Delhi by Rs 7 per litre,” AIMTC said in a statement.

Petrol price in the national capital was hiked by Rs 1.67 a litre on Tuesday and diesel by a steep Rs 7.10 per litre after the Delhi government raised local sales tax or value-added tax (VAT) on the two fuels.

Demanding immediate rollback of the diesel price increase, it said while the governments in other countries are opening their coffers for people and providing them with much needed financial and food security, here the central and state governments are increasing duties and taxes to extract money during these tragic times.

AIMTC said that the vehicles plying for essential supplies may be disrupted and it will burden the common man dearly. Further, the delayed decisions at the highest level are making this sector’s revival cumbersome and it is going to be a very difficult scenario ahead.