‘Waste of time’: Drivers rue new toll tax system

For example, when Ganit Choudhary, a driver with a prominent cab aggregator, accepted a ride from Delhi’s Pitampura to Gurgaon’s Cyber City on Wednesday morning, little did he know he would be paying Rs 100 for the trip out of his own pocket.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Published:July 13, 2017 3:10 am
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Each morning, as commuters cross the border from Delhi into Gurgaon, their journey is significantly delayed by the haphazard parking of several cabs by the side of the road, whose drivers deboard the vehicles to stand in lines to pay toll tax at a single booth, built under the shade of some trees.

While drivers of four seater cars have to pay Rs 100, those of seven seater cars have to pay Rs 500. As drivers queue up in two lines, their passengers remain seated in the vehicles, or walk around restlessly. Some get impatient and eventually choose to abandon their rides, and instead take autorickshaws to their destinations.

For example, when Ganit Choudhary, a driver with a prominent cab aggregator, accepted a ride from Delhi’s Pitampura to Gurgaon’s Cyber City on Wednesday morning, little did he know he would be paying Rs 100 for the trip out of his own pocket.

“The passenger came up till here but when he discovered he will have to wait for 30 to 40 minutes till I pay the toll tax, he chose to end the ride and walk to Cyber City. He said he would try to get an auto somewhere ahead instead. As a result, I have to pay the toll tax from my own pocket,” said Choudhary.

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) recently scrapped the system wherein drivers could pay Rs 950 every three months, and enforced another system where they have to pay the Rs 100 or Rs 500 each time they cross the border.

Another taxi driver, on condition of anonymity, said, “The problems for us are many, but if nothing else, they should think of the problems our passengers face… A few days ago, one of my passengers, a student, was using my cab to go for an examination. However, because of this toll tax, she reached the centre late and was almost in tears by that time.”

Despite repeated attempts, officials from the RTA could not be contacted for a comment.

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    Ash
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Passenger ultimately will bear the cost and move over to bus or metro!Does anyone think about impact or is just how much revenue you can jack up!Is it possible that someone decides not to set up a plant due to just this.After all it shows the state mentality,!
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    Ash
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    Is this one India.Imagine if all states followed this example.Really ridiculous rule ,to maximise revenue at all costs!
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    MA2k
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    You will not be surprise that a minister reports that the scheme was in addition to the quarterly toll plan i.e. one time user / outstation cabs could need not pay 6000 but only 100/ 500 now.
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    Vineet Saxena
    Jul 13, 2017 at 9:20 am
    Worst toll collection mechanism by Haryana govt. The tax is too much takes hours to pay it. Poor planning causing hurt to drivers passengers. Need to correct it asap.
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