Truck and carrier drivers have threatened to increase the charge for carrying goods if the state government implements the green tax, thus increasing prices of green vegetables, fruits and other commodities.
"We have already objected to the green tax as it would severely affect our earnings. This would only force us to resort to protests and if everything fails then we will have to hike the charges. It will lead to rise in prices of all commodities," said Bal Malkit Singh, President, Bombay Goods and Transport Association (BGTA).
An official statement given by BGTA states that the reason for levying green tax is baseless as it is mandatory for all the commercial vehicles to carry valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate issued by authorised government centres, in absence of which the drivers and owners of the vehicles are penalised.
Their main grievance is that most of their trucks and tempos are pretty old and they are maintaining it by conducting PUC tests and carry out other repair works to keep the vehicle fit. The reason given by the government is that the move is aimed at discouraging use of older vehicles and reduce pollution and as vehicles age, their engines become inefficient and pump out more emission that is environmentally harmful.
"It is yet another way of generating money by the government and so we oppose it," added Malkit Singh.
On August 4 the state Cabinet took a decision to levy 'Green Tax' on all commercial vehicles older than 8 years and private vehicles older than 15 years.