No more permits and checks?
To facilitate speedier and uninterrupted travel, the GST Council has accepted the recommendations to abolish state and national permits, claim industry sources. They mention that the respective departments will implement them. Coming in the wake of truckers and fleet operators facing entry barriers as they are stopped for other checks, the implementation of recommendations of the GST Council has been accepted said sources. This they opined, includes the introduction of a fitness certificate with two years validity, and would come topped with road tax, permits and pollution checks. If the sources are to believed, the GST Council, in the interest of seamless travel, has also considered the integration of e-way bill with regional transport database giving all information about a vehicle, including fitness, pollution and permits. An eway bill could thus be generated only after the vehicle is found fit as per transport database, VAHAN. Sources mention that the ministry of road transport and highways will mandate fitment of vehicle tracking system in all goods transport vehicles even as it considers directing all enforcement agencies to record every instance of inspection or checking. The eway bill system could be used to create identities for all departments to enable them to create verification reports.