Staff Correspondent

‘It will remove existing problems'

Union Ministry has proposed to implement it

Now, truck operators have to pay through the SBI

HUBLI: Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Hubli, has welcomed the single permit system for truck operators proposed by the Union Government.

In a release issued here, president of KCCI M.C. Hiremath and honorary secretary K.D. Kotekar have said that the proposed permit system would remove the problems being faced by truck operators who had to cross State borders while transporting consignments.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had proposed a “single permit” system for truck operators. Truck operators pay Rs. 20,000 to the State Transport Department annually and are supposed to pay Rs. 5,000 every time they enter other States.

According to the new system, truck operators would have to pay Rs. 15,000 as annual fees through the State Bank of India. They would be issued a receipt subject to verification of the applications. The receipt would enable the truck operators to move freely between States. It would also ensure their smooth movement, Mr. Hiremath said and added that this was a good move.

Although it was required that States should amend the State Motor Vehicle Act to implement the new system, it was worth it as it would bring in more revenue, he has said.