Decision taken following assurance by Centre
The South Zone Motor Transporters' Association called off the truckers' bandh on Tuesday evening following an assurance given by the Central government on some of their demands during talks with the association leaders.
The truckers' leaders expressed satisfaction over the assurance by the Centre that it would fulfil its promises made in the past on various demands, including 50 per cent concession on toll fee for the local lorries moving within a particular district.
The Centre was also said to have promised to take up the issue of third party insurance premium with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) at the national level within a week.
The announcement on the end of the strike was made after All India Motor Transport Congress president Shanmugappa and South Zone Association president P. Gopala Naidu held talks with the Central government.
While assuring the truckers to positively consider the toll fee and other issues, the Central government was said to have sought some time for dealing with the issue of reducing VAT on diesel as it had to be taken up with the respective State governments. On what truckers described as higher rate of premium of third party insurance, the Centre promised to make suitable recommendations on the issue after holding discussions with the IRDA.
Truckers' representatives here said that they were calling off the bandh after six days as they were satisfied with the Centre's positive response on some of their demands. One of the grievances the truckers had was the increase in third party insurance premium from Rs.6,000 to Rs.10,000.
They also demanded regulation of prices of tyres as sudden increase in the rates were affecting the transport operations.