Truckers to Join Indefinite Stir Nationwide

Kozhikode: Movement of goods across the country would be affected with truck operators under the banner of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) joining indefinite strike called by their southern counterparts demanding rollback of steep hike in third party insurance premium, among others, from midnight tonight.

The owners have clarified that they will block lorries carrying load. It has become clear that the lorry strike will affect Vishu sales.

Talking to reporters here, Lorry Owners Welfare Federation Kerala State General Secretary KK Hamza said that the decision to intensify the stir across the country was taken by AIMTC after the failure of talks with authorities on the issue yesterday.

He urged all lorry owners, mini lorry, tipper lorry, container lorry and LPG operators to join the strike to make it a success.

Earlier, the lorry owners in Southern Region were on indefinite strike from March 30 to press their demands.

Other demands included halting the move to ban vehicles older than 15 years, withdrawal of enhanced fee by Regional Transport Offices and hike in the toll tax, etc.

The lorry owners are conducting the agitation raising various demands from March 30. A section of lorry owners had withdrawn from the strike.