Protesting against tax hike, the Travel Operators Association of Kerala will stop operating contract carriages from March 20 after filing a G-Form.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the office-bearers of the association pointed out that the exorbitant tax rate could affect the flow of tourists and pilgrims from the neighbouring states.
“If there is a fall in the number of tourists, it would adversely affect the related sectors also,” Travel Operators Association of Kerala state secretary Sudhir Menon said.
The office-bearers of TOAK pointed out that there is a steep increase in the tax. The tax for vehicles above 1500 cc was increased to Rs 6000 from Rs 1040 per year and Rs 7000 for a period of five year.
The tax fixed for vehicles such as Tavera and Innova was hiked to Rs 1,80,000 for 15 years.
“The increase in tax may also adversely affect the sale of vehicles which are used as contract carriages,” Menon said.