Centre should consider demands before March 31: AIMTC

Owners of 70 lakh commercial vehicles across India will launch an indefinite strike from April 5 if the Centre does not meet their demands including implementation of the new National Permit Scheme and levy of uniform toll on national highways.

“We have given notice to the Centre saying that unless our demands are addressed before March 31, we will be left with no alternative but to close our operations from April 5,” All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) president G.R. Shanmugappa said here.

Though a meeting was convened by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways with the transporters for March 23 in New Delhi, AIMTC members asserted that they want a concrete assurance from the Centre regarding their demands. Mr. Shanmugappa said that with the increase in diesel price, the truckers were already under pressure to increase freight rates and the issues such as non-implementation of a single national permit and imposition of anti-dumping tax were adding to the crisis.