Interstate buses evade tax by shifting passengers to Kerala registration buses on border
Parassala: It has been found that interstate luxury buses conclude their service on the Kerala border for evading tax. The passengers travelling to Thiruvananthapuram are taken in vehicles registered in Kerala. The buses that have Karnataka registration end the service on the border in order evade tax if they entered Kerala. This often leads to arguments between passengers and bus employees.
The bus owners have found the new strategy to evade tax after inspection in interstate buses is strictly performed in Kerala. The Karnataka registration buses have to pay Rs 3000-4000 per seat as tax for three months in Kerala.
The passengers are shifted to Kerala registration vehicles at Injivila which is 2 km away from the RTO check post inside Kerala border. Tempo Travellers with Kerala registration wait for the passengers in Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram buses.
Until two weeks ago, the passengers were shifted to Kerala registration vehicles at Kaliyikkavila on Tamil Nadu border. Knowing about this method, Tamil Nadu officials levied huge amount as fine from the bus staff. But RTO officials in Kerala did not take any action against the Karnataka luxury buses.
In the evening, passengers are taken to Injivila in Kerala registration vehicles and then shifted to Karnataka registration luxury buses. When the Transport Commissioner carried out an inspection on Saturday night, the passengers were being shifted to Karnataka buses at Injivila.