October, 2021 – Chandigarh: Stepping up the heat against private bus operators evading tax in the state, the Transport Department today impounded five more buses of private companies plying in Ferozepur district.
Assistant Transport Officer (ATO) Pardeep Singh Dhillon said the flying squad of the Regional Transport Authority, Ferozepur, found the buses operating without paying the tax during checking of documents. These included two of New Deep, and one each of Nagpal Bus Service, Raj and Jujhar bus service.
Reiterating his commitment to ensuring transparent system in the department, Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring said those defaulting or not paying taxes would not be spared and strict action would be taken against them. “During checking of documents at Cantonment Bus Stand, it came to the fore that five buses belonging to various private operators had defaulted on payment of tax following which these were impounded by the department,” he said.
Warring has initiated a crackdown on buses plying illegally or those fleecing commuters and not adhering to the tax norms.
Over the past two days, the department has impounded 15 private buses on the grounds of non-deposit of special road tax and permit-related irregularities. Sources said fearing action, many transport operators had already deposited taxes worth lakhs.
Courtesy : The Tribune