Commercial use of tractor-trolleys in violation of the ban on this practice in the city goes on unchecked.
The Punjab and Haryana high court banned the commercial use of tractor-trolleys and gave all the rights of commercial logistics to trucks, permitting tractors for agricultural use only.
The district transport office does not seem to be bothering to keep a check over illegal use of tractors and other vehicles. The loaded tractor-trolleys are also becoming a cause of accidents, as a few months ago, a 3-year-old child died when he got crushed under a tractor-trolley, that was loaded with metal sheets.
NO ACTION ON COMPLAINT
A few days ago, president of the truck operators union had complained to the district administration, saying, "We are losing our business as the work meant for us is being done by some other persons illegally with the commercial use of tractor-trolleys in spite of a ban on the commercial use of tractors by the Punjab and Haryana high court." But there has been no action on the complaint so far.
LOSS OF TAX TO GOVERNMENT
Vehicles being used commercially such as trucks are charged tax but no tax is charged by the government on tractors even if they are used for commercial purpose. This was the government suffers a loss in revenue.
Gurdeep Singh, president, truck operators union, said, "We are paying our full tax for our work, even then we are getting no work because of these tractor-trolleys and they do not pay any kind of tax and earning illegally."
Transport authorities claim to be unaware of the practice and find everything right in its place.
Lateef Ahmed, district transport officer, said, "I am not aware of this and, of late, I have never seen any tractor being used commercially. However, if any truck operator has filed any complaint against anyone, I will look into the matter and take action, if someone is found guilty".
There are other vehicles also which are illegally used commercially such as motorcycle-fitted rickshaws and 'rehris' and wooden flanks fitted with a generator, but even these vehicles can be seen being used for commercial purpose everywhere in the city.