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AITWA calls for Bharat Bandh on 26th Feb against new E-Way bill

The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has come out in support of The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), that had made the call for a Bharat Bandh with a Chakka Jam (road blockades) on February 26th to protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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In a statement, Mahendra Arya, National President, AITWA, said, “All state level-transport associations have confirmed their support to AITWA in this one-day non-operation of transport in protest of the fuel price hike and scrapping of new E-way bill laws introduced by Government of India.

The nature of the movement is to reject booking and movement of all E-Way Bill-oriented goods for one day. All transport companies are asked to park their vehicles between 6 am to 8 pm as a symbolic protest. All transport godowns will display the protest banners. All customers will be approached by transport companies not to book or load any goods on February 26th, 2021.”

The latest amendment made in the GST laws has added to the woes of transporters by halving the validity of the E-Way bill from 100 km per day to 200 km per day. The E-Way bill is a permit that facilitates movement of goods between states, as well as within a state.

Moreover, transporters found with an expired E-Way bill can find themselves looking at penalties amounting to 200% of the tax value, or 100% of the invoice value under Section 129 of CGST Act, 2017.

Arya further added, “AITWA demands abolishing the E-way bill as the newly introduced E-invoice is good enough for preventing tax evasion. Vehicles may be tracked by the Government using FASTag connectivity to E-invoice. Transporters should not be subject to any penalty by the Government for any time-based compliance target of transit. Diesel prices should be reduced and mechanisms need to be discussed and created with the Transport Industry for future regulation. Diesel prices should be equalized across the length and breadth of the nation.”

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