Tourist vehicle operators from outside Karnantaka were shocked recently when Karnataka Transport Department authorities demanded payment of road tax for a year instead of special permit tax valid for a week to enter the State.
Many tourist vehicles entering Karnataka from Tamil Nadu had to face this situation near Attibele on the Karnataka–Tamil Nadu border, said K. Radhakrishna Holla, general secretary of Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners Association (BTTOA). He said his counterpart from Chennai informed him about the inconvenience caused to taxi operators from Tamil Nadu who were asked to pay tax ranging from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000.
Mr. Holla said that in Andhra Pradesh, the annual tax for tourist vehicles with all-India permit was Rs. 3,200, and added that there was no such tax in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
He said the Transport Department’s move would severely affect tourism in Karnataka as tourist vehicle operators would hesitate to bring vehicles to the State. Also, tourist vehicle operators from Karnataka would be in a disadvantageous position if the neighbouring States toointroduce annual tax for tourist vehicles, he said.
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