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Registration at DoTM must to avail new vehicle route permits

Stern action to be taken against those promoting syndicate

Himalayan News Service
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Kathmandu, April 1

The government will now issue new vehicle route permits to public vehicles of only those transport companies that are registered at the Department of Transport Management (DoTM).

Amending the Transport Management Directive of 2060, the government introduced such rule with an objective to discourage syndicate system in the country’s transportation industry. Previously, the government had been issuing vehicle route permits to transporters on the basis of recommendation of different transport associations and committees.

Prior to this, registration of transport companies at DoTM was voluntary and only around 90 such companies have registered themselves at the DoTM offices though there are hundreds of transport companies in the country.

At a press conference held in the Capital today, Rupnarayan Bhattarai, director general of DoTM, said that the government will enforce new rule strictly and take stern action against those transporters violating any transport-related laws and practicing syndicate system in the industry.

Moreover, Bhattarai said that transporters from now onwards will have to mandatorily register their companies at DoTM before their route permits can be renewed. As per the new Transport Management Directive, transport companies must renew their vehicle route permits every four months. Before approaching DoTM for registration, all the transport companies should also compulsorily register themselves at the Office of Company Registrar (OCR).

The DoTM has said that it will be stricter against syndicate system in the transportation sector especially in the backdrop of different transport companies revolting against the government’s decision to give route permit to Mayur Yatayat along the Araniko Highway.

Moreover, the DoTM has also made it mandatory for transport companies to issue job appointment letters to drivers and co-drivers of public vehicles incorporating all the facilities that the company will provide to drivers and co-drivers.

Similarly, DoTM has enforced a rule that requires transport entrepreneurs to pay royalty for songs or audio-visual materials that are played inside public vehicles. While six-wheeler public vehicles need to pay Rs 2,000 such royalty every year, four-wheeler public vehicles will have to pay Rs 1,400 annually. Likewise, trucks and tankers will have to pay Rs 1,200 royalty to the government every year for playing any audio-visual materials.

Public vehicles playing audio-visual materials without paying royalty will be fined up to Rs 200,000, according to DoTM.

A version of this article appears in print on April 02, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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