All-India Motor Transport Congress meets with Treasury Secretary to seek uniform diesel price across India

The All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) met with Treasury Secretary Nirmala Sitharaman this week and called on the government to aim for “uniform diesel prices” across the country – along the lines of “one nation, one market, one tax”.

The meeting also focused on reducing operating costs in the transportation sector by lowering GST for essential and non-luxury goods such as chassis, tires, parts, lubricants and truck maintenance services.

Bal Malkit Singh, chairman of the core committee and former president of the All India Motor Transport Congress, said the government should make vehicle registration mandatory for everyone involved in the transport ecosystem. Currently, the lack of uniformity in vehicle taxes is causing vehicle registrations to be relocated to states where the tax rate is low.

Another issue they raised was the timely refund from TDS or the tax deducted at source. “Many transport companies have not yet received timely refunds of their TDSs for fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.” Bal Malkit said he called on FM Sitharaman to look into the matter, which it has agreed to do singh.

The AIMTC also raised the impoundment of vehicles on the road due to non-payment of EMIs. “We have asked FM Sitharaman to develop the SOP for vehicle impoundment in the event of default and instruct all financial institutions to facilitate timely delivery of the material to the recipient.”

In the case of multiple shipments, the shipments suspected of having discrepancies or misdeclarations should be offloaded and/or such non-compliant GSTIN registered traders should be identified.

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