While the Union government is contemplating bringing in a piece of legislation on green tax, the State government is planning to double the tax, apart from outsourcing some of the tax collections and some driving tests.
While most cars don’t come under this new tax, those that are more than 15 years old are used in districts as taxis. But they will be subjected to the green tax, given the soot they emit causing pollution. But the real players in the market have a different story to tell. Suryanarayana Reddy, the senior manager from Maruti True Value, which is into sale of pre-owned cars at Himayathnagar, said, “Except for Maruti 800, most other vehicles are under 12 years, so they don’t attract green tax.”
Most of the customers who come to them ask for the distance each vehicle has travelled, but they do not ask anything specific to emission. They test drive of the vehicle and then buy it. When it comes to emissions, it all depends on maintenance, he said. B Srikanth from Dr Car, which sells old cars, said that so far very few customers have asked about green tax. He said most of the vehicles sold by them were under five years, and some were recovered by the agents for not paying the instalment. “Except this all other formalities are done. If any vehicle is 15 years old, then the required green tax will be paid,” he said.
YV Eshwara Rao, the general secretary of the AP Lorry owners Association, quipped that these taxes in the name of colours — green or red — are of no use. What about the vehicles in the police department and also the APSRTC that emit dark smoke, he asked, “Is any one telling the owners of those vehicles or drivers to get them repaired? They are just bothered about revenues, he said.
If vehicles complying with Euro (Bharat) standards, the question of these new taxed would not arise at all. “What did they do with the amounts collected in the name of so-called “green” taxes, he asked. Let the government come out with a programme protecting the environment,” he said.