New Regulation Excludes Physically Challenged From Paying Toll Tax: More Details

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Road Transport and Highways Ministry have released a new regulation where, physically challenged people driving specially modified vehicles have been excluded from paying toll tax.

The new regulation has been introduced at 63 toll plazas and would be implemented at all booths across the country.

The government said the rules to amend the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection), Rules, 2008 were framed in exercise with the powers conferred by Section 9 of the National Highways Act.

For now, only a few car manufacturers in India, produce cars equipped with the special features such as hand-operated or automatic clutch and gear for the physically challeged.

Many other countries have exempted individuals with disabilities from paying toll charges. In India, about 27 million people are physically challenged, and this constitutes to about 2 percent of the population. However, only a small number of the physically challenged individuals own specially modified vehicles.

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