AIMTC stated in a press communique that the indirect tax regime has led to forced registration and unnecessary compliance by transporters which should be done away with. He added that the sale of used business which attracts GST, leads to double taxation by the government. It was called upon by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) - the country's largest transporter association representing over 93 lakh truckers.
"About four lakh trucks are at standstill across the state as about 90 associations affiliated to our all-India apex body (AIMTC) in Karnataka are participating in the strike in support of our major demands", reiterated Shanmugappa. The government has failed to give any clarifications on national sales tax GST to transporters.
"(The strike) call is given by All India Motor Transport Congress and we are supporting them", AITWA President Pradeep Singhal had said. The government officials do not want us to understand the GST, they do not want to explain the GST to us, making it extremely complicated.
Calcutta Goods Transport Association (CGTA) president Prabhat Kumar Mittal has also spoken against the price hike saying that the diesel and tolls itself make up for 70 percent of the operation cost.
All vehicles are seen on roads.
The truckers also want challans without any electronically verifiable proof to be abolished along with other changes to minimise unwarranted harassment from officials - like repealing power given to officials to stop a transport mid-journey without a reason to believe or specific intelligence input. "After Deepavali when this season is over then we are going for an indefinite strike if the government does not listen". "Diesel must be brought under GST top bring uniformity of diesel pricing across the country", he said. The transporters are protesting against hefty diesel prices, the "utter confusion" due to varied policies under GST, and the alleged harassment from enforcement authorities on highways.