LAHORE Transporters and City District Government are at daggers drawn on the issue of bringing mini wagons, commonly known as APV Vans, into tax network, TheNation has leant. This was informed that the APV Van owners would have to pay Rs 150 per day to district government to ply their vans from Lahore to other cities or they would not be allowed to run their vehicles as inter-city transport. The transporters have decided to resist the decision at any cost and threatened the authorities for collective strike including buses and other transport vehicles, the sources in the transport sector said. This was learnt that a passenger would have to pay Rs 25 extra from the usual fare in case of the imposition of tax, because, this was not a vehicle owner but an end user (passenger), who would be the ultimate victim of the clod war between the transporters and the concerned authorities. In case of the imposition of tax on APV Vans, the district government may earn Rs 60,000 per day or in other way Rs 1.8 million in a month. However, every passenger would have to pay Rs 25 extra from the usual fare to meet the proposed tax i.e Rs 150. Seven passengers can travel through the APV Van. The sources said that about 400 APV Vans left or reached in Lahore from various cities on daily basis and about 4,000 to 5,000 passengers travelled through the vans by considering them comparatively good mode of travelling, they added. The van owners were of the view that since they had been already paying toll plaza taxes and the day by day soaring oil prices had been leaving them to earn minor money at the end of the day. They said they could hardly run their families bread and butter through these vehicles, so, they added they would not pay any kind of 'jaga tax. The van owners said if the government resisted, they were compelled to charge the same money from the passengers, they added. Regional Transport Authority Secretary Muneer Joya when contacted to comment on the issue said that since the van owners had not been paying any kind of tax, therefore it was necessary to bring them into tax net. APV Vans were illegally plying at inter city routes without having route permits for the purpose, Joya added. He said he had conveyed the district authorities about the legal position of the vans and now it was up to the authorities to what they decide. He criticised the transporters, saying they would not be allowed further to blackmail the authorities. The government was now all set to control them in the better interest of the thousands of daily commuters, he added.