Toll on trucks from December 1

Identification of roads for tax collection and its modalities are yet to be worked out

 The government has notified toll structure and it will be effective from December 1. Toll ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 per load for a trip.

The State Cabinet on October 13 resolved to levy toll on trucks carrying heavy loads. The rationale behind levying toll is that heavily loaded trucks have been damaging roads. The Department of Public Works has issued a government order (GO) to this effect.

PWD Secretary N Lakshman Rao Peshwe said the collection of toll would start from December 1. The department would identify roads for toll collection and work out  modalities for collecting toll.

Toll plazas

The State government will set up toll plazas to collect toll. Collection of toll would be handed over to private agencies through tender process. As per the GO the private agencies could either get land for setting up toll plazas on rent or lease. The PWD is also contemplating introduction of mobile plazas for toll collection. The PWD would use the toll collected for the maintenance of roads.

Levying of toll has attracted wrath of truck owners. They have decided to go on strike from the day the State government introduces the toll. The Federation of Lorry Owners’ Association has decided to appeal to truckers of other states also to not enter the State. Except those trucks carrying essential goods - vegetables and milk, all would go off roads, said Federation President G R Shanmugappa.Roughly there are about 6,000 trucks carrying iron ore in the State.

The Federation argued that introduction of toll was only an opportunity for RTO staff to make money. Private agencies will have an understanding with RTO staff and will share a major part of toll among themselves, the Federation alleged.

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