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Old 8th October 2016, 20:53   #511
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Is there an entry tax for vehicles coming to Goa ? Sounded really absurd but wanted to authenticate its existence
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250 rupees valid for a week. This was imposed after mining was banned in the state. Ridiculous I know.
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Wasn't entry tax/toll to Goa added after reduction of VAT for petrol by Manohar Parrikar when he was Goa CM?

Couple of old news related to this.

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Petrol hike & entry tax
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Is there an entry tax for vehicles coming to Goa ? Sounded really absurd but wanted to authenticate its existence
There is an entry tax of Rs.250/- for cars/ jeeps entering Goa and it is valid for 4 hours only. For a bus it is Rs. 1,000/-.

The tax was imposed when mining was banned in Goa around 2013 to generate some revenue.

Petro/ Diesel rates were reduced as a part of fulfilling the election manifesto by BJP (Manohar Parriker) in 2012 assembly election. That has nothing to do with the road entry tax which was imposed an year later.

But the govt has steadily increased the VAT (/which was earlier scrapped to reduce the fuel rates) and now the fuel rates in Goa are quite at par with other states, albeit slightly less ( but nothing extraordinary).

If one is coming from Mumbai side and entering Goa from Sawantwadi side on coastal highway ( or Amboli ghat from Kolhapur side), there is still a loop hole that can be used avoid the road tax at Dhargal.( toll booth while entering at North Goa). One can simply enter Goa through Pernem village and use the coastal road (Arambol - Mandrem- Siolim - Mapusa road). But that requires you to have a slight knowledge of Goan interior roads.
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Travelling to Goa next week and staying at Benaulim (Taj Exotica).

Do you know of any car rental (car with driver) that I can hire for site seeing.

I inquired on many sites, but they (the providers) are based in North Goa and dont come to benaulim.

One guy even mentioned that due to the Taxi Mafia, they dont come, any idea if this is correct?

Hiring a car from the hotel is an option, but would be way pretty expensive as they would charge a big overhead.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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One guy even mentioned that due to the Taxi Mafia, they dont come, any idea if this is correct?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
This part is totally true. The Taxi-wallahs are pretty rowdy once they spot a car not from their circle.

Safe bet would be take your own car or take slef-drive.
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Guys,

Travelling to Goa next week and staying at Benaulim (Taj Exotica).

Hiring a car from the hotel is an option, but would be way pretty expensive as they would charge a big overhead.
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You will find a score of taxis waiting outside each of these resorts. You cannot take any taxi other than these lot waiting at the gate. It is a big mafia. They even have a printed rate sheet like hotel menu card which is obviously very expensive.

Unfortunately u can't beat the system. One way is to get pally with the most malleable taxi driver in the group and bargain heavily.

These taxi guys are coming down heavily on self drive rental cars ( which most are private cars black n white board types that are rented out to tourists by private people to make some extra money ) check the below link that appeared here yesterday. Private cars running as self drive cars are being cracked down by Goa police and then it gets ugly with argument n police station visits n stuff as the car gets seized. So if u rent a self drive car, make sure it is not a private regd one. Though the owner will reassure you that there is nothing to worry, the recent trend is that private regd self drive cars are being marked by cops as tourists are easy prey compared to locals.

https://www.goaprism.com/goa-taxi-ow...-meet-demands/

If you have any friend, ask him to pick you up and show around with a driver. Else rent from among the hooligans at the gate or ask Taj to arrange one for you. No external rental car guy would venture near such big resorts. Unfortunate, but that's how things are going on here. For similar monopolistic mafiaraj reason Uber & Ola have been successfully blocked from operating in Goa.
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