Chennai: Bus operators engaged in motion of individuals throughout the nation on Tuesday requested the Central and state governments to launch a financial package deal to avoid wasting the sector from collapse after being hit arduous by the COVID-19 enforced lockdown.
They additionally sought the Centre to waive motorized vehicle tax for six months moreover deferment of EMI funds for the subsequent 12 months, Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India President, Prasanna Patwardhan said.
“We have over 17 lakh operational buses on Indian roads, out of which, about 1.50 lakh buses are operated by various state transport undertakings. The remaining 15.5 lakh buses carry 30 crore passenger trips run by private operators,” Patwardhan said in an announcement.
Being a labour-intensive sector, the affiliation requested the federal government to help and save the sector from a ‘complete collapse’, he said.
“The fiscal relief sought will help the sector through these tumultuous times,” he said.
Tamil Nadu Omni Bus Owners Association president Mohammed Afzal said as a consequence of lack of ‘stream of funds’, the business has reached ‘insolvency’ they usually had been compelled to plead earlier than the federal government to help the sector.
The officers requested discount in state tax and cess on diesel for public transport sector autos for six months; an online entry to work together with regional transport workplaces for cost of charges, documentation.
The affiliation additionally sought insurance coverage protection to drivers throughout transhipment of important items.