Andhra Pradesh government also started collecting the transport tax on Telangana vehicles entering AP from Friday midnight. Yesterday evening orders ( GO 22 ) were issued to this effect and circulars were also sent to transport commissioners in 13 AP districts. The AP government after June 2, started collecting the quarterly tax on vehicles which were registered with Telangana State. Now with the latest decision on tax, AP will levy tax on all TS transport vehicles registered after June 2.
Rs 50 cr for AP
Earlier, all Telangana vehicles were spared the tax when TS government resorted to the said tax on AP vehicles entering Telangana. From Fridaymidnight RTA check-posts on the AP-Telangana borders started imposing the tax on TS vehicles. The AP government may get an additional income of Rs 50 crore. Rules in AP have been framed to levy a quarterly tax of Rs 3750 per seat in a bus, Rs 220 per seat in a cab and a weekly tax of Rs 1750 for lorries plying once. Or Rs 5250 would be levied once in a month on lorries. Further, Rs 3000 to Rs 9000 would be collected for transport vehicles with 10 to 16 tyres. In addition to this AP began collecting tax from private buses carrying State and Central permits, goods transport vehicles, all India tourist buses, Maxi cabs, taxies, vehicles transporting people.
Naidu government proposed to the TS government to collect the earlier uniform tax in order to avoid the tax burden on public but KCR government turned down the proposal. However, private bus operators went on agitation and later moved the high court which gave the verdict in favour of Telangana. The KCR government also began tax collection on AP motor vehicles from April 1. As it is AP operators have already started collecting higher charges from people following Telangana State decision to levy quarterly tax on AP vehicles. With the Naidu government resorting to follow the KCR rule, now the other private bus operators would burden the public with more charges.