Chandigarh, July 8
The Punjab Small Bus Operators Association has accused the Transport Department of illegally charging crores of rupees as compensation for delay in issuing health certificates to buses.
I couldn’t pay because of the block
The carriers, who could not pay the fine due to the blockade, became non-payers on the records of the Department of Transport. Their buses are not allowed to run. — JS Grewal, bus operator
They claim that the department has been illegally charging Rs 50 per day as penalty for issuing certificates to hundreds of commercial vehicles, including buses, trucks and taxis.
The association flagged the issue during a recent meeting with the state transport commissioner and other officials.
It pointed out that in 2016 and 2017, various courts had quashed the central government’s notification to levy Rs 50 per day as delay fee, but the state transport department continued to collect the amount from transporters.
“Those who could not pay the fine due to the isolation caused by Covid became defaulters in the records of the department. Buses of such carriers may not operate. The department is responsible to the transporters,” said JS Grewal, general secretary of the association.
“On January 16, 2022, the Principal Secretary Transport issued an amended notification, clarifying that the late fee has been reduced from Rs 50 to Rs 10 per day from February 2022. However, the department’s software shows a late fee of Rs 10 per day from February 2022 and Rs 50 before that,” the association said in a statement.