Truckers, drivers hit by demonetisation: ‘Even bribes are up… they take Rs 500, don’t give us change’

Drivers had allegedly been losing money in bribes to some policemen, who now take Rs 500 notes but refuse to return change.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 8:59 am
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Transporters at the customs-monitored Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Tughlakabad have parked their trucks for the day, with business shrinking to half ever since the demonetisation decision. Satpal Singh, who drives an Eicher truck, waits at the depot for his next order. Last night, he said he transported five tonnes of clothing from Dabri to Tughlakabad, from where it will be transported to Mumbai by train and shipped to Dubai.

“Over a week or 10 days, we would make two trips across the country. Now, we make just one. Business has fallen to half for drivers and owners. From Rs 50,000 a month per truck, we now make half of that,” said Singh. He also alleged drivers had been losing money in bribes to some policemen, who now take Rs 500 notes but refuse to return change. “Our maaliks pay us in old notes and we give these to police and at petrol pumps. Policemen threaten that we either give them change or the entire amount,” he alleged.

Transporters also lamented how their business had been hit in general because of the high green tax introduced by the government for loaded trucks entering and empty ones leaving the city. “Demonetisation will be the last nail in the coffin,” said Dharmender Singh Chauhan, a transporter who owns 20 goods vehicles.

Nanhe Singh, a driver, held up a silver hologrammed piece of paper with faces embossed on it and a number printed in red. “This is Rs 100. The MCD toll centres are issuing these as change for the Rs 1,500 we pay as green tax for entry into Delhi,” he said.

He said that while drivers have been accepting these coupons, they are not sure if these will be accepted by toll centres when they return. “I am planning to collect more such tokens to pay back at the toll centre,” said Singh. But South Municipal Corporation spokesperson Mukesh Yadav said, “I do not have any intimation of such practices.” In a meeting with around 200 transporters, the Delhi government said it will move the court seeking exemption of “green tax” levied on trucks till December 31.

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    Jayo khan
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:50 am
    Police is one who logistically help cronies.
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    Adrian Akau
    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:34 am
    It is difficult for corrupt officials to give up the practice of bribery since it is so ingrained in their system. That is how black money is made.
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    dd
    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:19 am
    Give toll plaza name and location name where you paid...
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    JayHind
    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:45 am
    Corrupt saffronaized police
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    mathimathi
    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:46 am
    Feku cannot control corruption from Income tax office peon upto other offices
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    norbert
    Nov 19, 2016 at 2:26 am
    Wasn't this expected when you had a government which rolled out a half-baked, ill-thought scheme carried out with NIL preparation for very dubious motives contrary to its stated noble cause of rooting out black money. Instead what you see now is only that the life of a honest common man being rooted out.
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    rajan luthra
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:01 am
    Lo behold! This move, I think,was for arresting the flow of black money. Now you see the genius of the cops. They are experts in converting challenges into opportunities.
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    Sanjay
    Nov 19, 2016 at 3:14 am
    Corruption needs to be fixed with prosecution, conviction and punishment. Otherwise demonetisation will not have any benefits because there is no deterrence.
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