Auto and taxi drivers in Chennai demand waiver off road tax

  • | Wednesday | 16th September, 2020

"We haven`t driven vehicles in the past five months. The transport department is asking us to pay the road tax, how will be able to pay that," a protestor said.

The auto and taxi drivers of Chennai who come under the Urimai Kurai Drivers Association staged a demonstration on Tuesday. They are demanding relief from their state government which they expect to come in the form of a waiver of road tax and interests on EMI for five months due to COVID-19.

One of the protesters told a news media organization that participants from all over the state of Tamil Nadu are now coming forward to protest with the demands of waiving off, road tax, and interests on EMIs for a time period of five months since their business was almost negligible. They have put these demands to the Tamil Nadu state government and State Transport department.

"We haven`t driven vehicles in the past five months. The transport department is asking us to pay the road tax, how will be able to pay that," he said.

"Many drivers in the state are dying by suicide because they are unable to pay EMIs of their vehicles. Finance companies are asking for EMIs, along with the interest of the past five months for which we haven`t paid the installments. How shall we do that?" a participant in the protest said.

Furthermore, he added that auto and taxi drivers were ready to pay the EMIs but their demand is a waiver of road tax and interests on EMIs by state government and finance companies,



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