Kindly exempt the Senior Citizens and Ex-Servicemen from paying toll at NH toll plazasMembers,
Presently, there are hundreds of toll plazas spread (464) across India from North to south and east to west. All these toll plazas charge heavily. If one has to travel through the national highway, they will have to pay many hundreds rupees from their pockets, especially the private vehicle owners traveling in their own cars as tolls to the toll plazas maintained by private contractors.
It is Okay for commercial vehicles who make money, but not private vehicles who lose money. Also it may be Okay for the employed who own a vehicle, but what about the non-earning members who own a car and travel from one place to the other. Such non-earning members are the Senior Citizens and the Ex-servicemen of our country who lived their life paying their taxes regularly to the government. They earn only 50% as pension to lead their life after retirement.
Tamilnadu itself has about 41 toll plazas. To move from Chennai to Kanyakumari, one has to pay nearly Rs. 1000/- as toll to 13 toll plazas while the amount spent for fuel is between Rs. 3000/-& 3500. Should we pay 1/3 amount as toll to our government. Moreover, on national highways, the vehicles ply at very high speed reducing the mileage (kmpl)obtained per litre. While the economy speed is 50 - 60, latest vehicles cannot maintain that low speed on the National Highways. They ply beyond 100 kmph. So, there is a heavy loss of fuel.
Why not our Government give toll concession to the Retired Senior Citizens and Ex-Servicemen of our country. My simple and humble request to our government is to consider the following recommendation.
1. Fully exempt the Retired Senior citizens and Ex-servicemen from paying toll.
2. Consider paying 50% of the toll fare. (If Rs. 100 is the toll, they may charge Rs. 50/-)
3. Consider a blanket token toll of Rs. 20/- irrespective of any high or low toll fare(If the toll fare is Rs. 25/-, yet Rs. 20/- is to be paid)
To avail this facility, the Retired Senior Citizens and the Ex servicemen should get a special certificate from the RTO of the concerned Registration Authority, clearly mentioning, the vehicle number, the name of the owner, designation, age(DOB), and personal Identification mark.(with a photo affixed).
Members, Your good views and comments please.