Tourist vehicle operators are fuming over Regional Transport Office’s decision that makes it compulsory for vehicles with All India tourist permits to pay tourist tax annually instead of on a weekly basis.
On Sunday, around 200 cabs approaching the State turned back after they were stopped at the check-posts and asked to pay huge amounts.
Tourist vehicle operators on Monday alleged that the Transport Department did not give them any notification of the rule.
“This spells the doom of the domestic tourist industry in the State. The government is only concerned about tourists who fly into airports and not about pilgrims who mostly travel by road,” said R K Holla, Secretary of the Bangalore Tourist Taxi Operators Association.
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