Kerala Lorry Operators to Join Strike from March 30

Kozhikode: Goods vehicles, including lorries, tippers and mini lorries would be off the roads in Kerala in view of an indefinite strike called by Southern India Motor Transporters Association demanding withdrawal of what they called the exorbitant hike in insurance premium, among others, from March 30.

Announcing the decision, Lorry Owners Welfare Federation, Kerala State President K K Hamza and General Secretary K Balachandran said the arbitrary decision to hike 50 per cent third party premium was aimed at looting owners of vehicles, including two-wheelers.

Other demands included withdrawal of Central law to prohibit vehicles above 15 years, speed governors, toll tax and RTO fee hike, they added. Lorry operators in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Maharashtra have also called for indefinite strike from March 30, they added.