Transporters' body All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to close border check posts, claiming they have become unnecessary and illegal after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). AIMTC alleges that these check posts, especially at the state borders in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, have become centers of corruption, harassment, extortion and exploitation of truck drivers.
AIMTC, in its letter to Prime Minister Modi, highlighted corruption and exploitation at Regional Transport Office (RTO) check posts, emphasizing that uncontrolled conduct at these posts seriously impacts the transport industry and the vulnerable and poor. Truck drivers are being adversely affected. He emphasized that as per the basic premise of GST, there should be no RTO check posts at state borders or on highways within states.
AIMTC argued that the availability of online data for document verification such as insurance, permits, tax status, pollution under control (PUC) certificates and e-way bills should reduce on-road inspections. They believe that eliminating border checkpoints, eliminating human intervention on highways, and eliminating roadblocks and barriers will reduce fuel wastage, waiting times, inspection-related delays, and overall expenses. This approach will contribute to reducing logistics costs, increasing efficiency and improving ease of doing business.
AIMTC has urged Prime Minister Modi to take action to eliminate these unnecessary and illegal border check posts, emphasizing that such measures will promote corruption-free, seamless movement of transport vehicles and support environmental protection efforts. There will be support. He also called for protecting vulnerable truck drivers from exploitation and extortion.