This Article is From Mar 21, 2013

Truckers threaten indefinite strike from April 1

New Delhi: Truckers all over the country have threatened to go on strike from April 1 against hike in third party insurance premium, partial de-control of diesel prices and anti-dumping duty on import of tyres.

All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), an apex body of transporters (both Cargo and Passenger), has said plethora of contentious issues have affected the road transport sector.

"If the government does not resolve our issues by March 30, 2013, then all operations of trucking and transportation would be suspended indefinitely nationwide from midnight of April 1," AIMTC Vice President Kultaran Singh Atwal said in New Delhi.

"We are going on strike as we are facing so many problems ... recent exorbitant hike in third party insurance premium, issues on toll, de-control of diesel prices and its increase in small doses, anti-dumping duty on import of tyres etc.," Mr Atwal said.

However, the essential items like fruits, vegetables and medicines have been kept out of this operation in solidarity with the "common man", he said.

The Third Party car insurance policy covers legal liability for any compensation to be paid arising from accident caused by one's vehicle. It includes liability for death or injury to third parties like pedestrians, occupant of other vehicles, and outsiders other than passengers.

Truckers have raised concern over third party insurance premium being hiked substantially for goods vehicles.

Asked whether the body has approached the Road Ministry for their grievances, Mr Atwal said, "Yes, but it has been of no use. Therefore, we have decided to go on strike from April 1."

AIMTC is also demanding industry status for the Road Transport sector, fixation of minimum freight rates for the sector, action against states indulging in illegal entry etc.

The body has also said that it has been trying to engage the Government with a very constructive and positive approach for the growth and development of the road transport.

"The transport trade has become financially unviable and it is yet burdened with regressive policies by the government," Atwal added.