Court upholds order hiking vehicle tax

Special Correspondent

"The increase did not infringe on fundamental right to education"

CHENNAI: The legal validity of a State Government notification, making 15-fold increase in the motor vehicle tax for vehicles owned by educational institutions, has been upheld by the Madras High Court.

Ruling that the increase did not infringe on the fundamental right to education, the First Bench of Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru dismissed a batch of 900 writ petitions, filed by self-financing engineering colleges and schools.

The Government passed the order in July 31, 2003. The Government, charging a flat rate of Rs. 500 a vehicle per quarter irrespective of the seating capacity, increased the levy to Rs. 150 a seat per quarter.

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