Press Esc to close

Striking school cab drivers firm on their demands

Bangalore, June 19, 2013, DHNS: 2:21 IST
balancing act: As private vehicles carrying schoolchildren stayed off the roads, parents had to struggle to take their wards to school and back, in Bangalore on Wednesday. DHPhoto/ S k dinesh
The Karnataka United School and Light Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Union, which ensured that school cabs were off the roads for its strike on Wednesday, has said the responsibility of breaking the gridlock lies with the government.

“We want an amicable solution to the problem and will be meeting transport minister to discuss the issue. However, the ball is now in their court and we won’t be able to bring our vehicles on to the road without they responding to our demands,” said P S Shanmugam, the Union president.

The two primary demands of the Union are that the tax on private school vehicles should be on a par with those maintained by educational institutions.

Accordingly, they want the existing tax of Rs 16,000 reduced to Rs 1,600. Secondly, the Union wants their vehicles to be allowed to run on the basis of a fitness certificate, instead of considering the age of the vehicle, that is currently 15 years.
“All other vehicles including the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses are allowed to ply even after 15 years. In Tamil Nadu, vehicles run on the basis of a fitness certificate. Why can’t this be the norm even for us? We met Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy some time ago and he was positive on making some changes so far as reducing the taxes,” said Shanmugam.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Reddy said: “As for the change in taxes, I can take the grievance to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds the finance portfolio.
“However, the rule on the age of such vehicles is based on a Supreme Court order and we will not interfere in it as it will amount to contempt of court. The Union can take the matter to court if it wants any changes.”

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Artists perform a folk dance during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Brides sit for a mass marriage ceremony organized for 12 Muslim couples at Mazgaon...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

Artists perform dance on the occasion of Haryana State Day...

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

A farmer pulls a cart rickshaw carrying cauliflower vegetables....

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Mohd Shami celebrats after after dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal...

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Four lakhs of laddoos being prepared for 31st anniversary celebrations of Sai Baba Temple....

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the IFFI...

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Rahul Gandhi consoles Dipa, the wife of Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi....

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her daughter Aaradhya during a charity event...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Deepika Padukone with child artists at the promotion of film Padmavati...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.