Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Members of All India Motor Transport Congress from the city will take part in a meeting on Friday in New Delhi to discuss the impact of fuel price hike on the trucking industry.

R.Sugumar, the organisation's official spokesperson in Chennai, said the cost of operations for the transporters has gone up by 15 per cent in the past few days. However, the truck operators have not yet passed it on to the consumers. For instance, the charges for trucks operated between Tiruchi and Chennai would have to be hiked by at least Rs.1,000 per trip over the existing rate of Rs.8,500.

The trade is already affected by various problems such as increase in toll tax and price of spare parts and dearth of drivers. The fuel price hike would add to the woes of the truck operators, he said.

About 50,000 lorries are being operated in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts. The members want the Centre to roll back the fuel price hike. The meeting in New Delhi would decide on the future course of action, including agitation.