More CV off the roads in Tamilnadu
Nearly half the commercial vehicles (CV) in Tamil Nadu (TN) are off the roads and more expected to join the indefinite lorry strike called by the All-India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners’ Associations (AICGVOA).
The strike from Saturday by the AICGVOA is to demand a rollback of 50% third party premium hike announced by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India from April 1, hike in penalties proposed in Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016 and four-fold increase in Regional Transport Office fees hike announced on December 29, 2016.
Rajinder Singh, General Secretary, AICGVOA said that “The response to the strike is only 50:50 in Tamil Nadu while in states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the response was over 75%. Truckers in Punjab have also decided to join the strike.”
He said that “We had very little time to prepare for the strike in Tamil Nadu. However, we are expecting more truckers to join in the coming days as the word spreads.”
There are around 6.5 lakh commercial vehicles in Tamil Nadu, he said. As of today, commercial vehicles carrying essential commodities and perishables continue to be operated. However, if a meeting planned tomorrow with IRDA fails, they may also join the strike and the impact will be bad, he said.
However, prices of perishables goods like fruits and vegetables are on the increase as arrivals drop in major markets, according to market sources.
AICGVOA is the national apex organisation of goods carriage owners with nearly 600 truck owner associations accounting for 80 lakh goods carriage vehicles.
PV Subramani, Vice-President, All-India Motor Transport Congress-South Zone, and Chairman and Managing Director, Cargo Wings Logistics Limited, said the response has been poor in Tamil Nadu. However, with LPG tanker owners likely to join the strike from tomorrow, the impact will be high as it will affect everybody.
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