Lorry Owners’ Association here has decided to participate in the strike announced by the All India Motor Transport Congress from April 1, pressing a series of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed move to increase third party insurance amount by 107 per cent.

The lorry owners also wanted the Centre to bring diesel prices under control by not giving a free hand to the petroleum companies, permit annual payment of road tax, fix minimum charges to be collected by trucks for every tonne of load and cancel 100 per cent duty imposed on imported tyres.

Stating that the nationwide strike would deprive industries of raw materials and affect business worth Rs.100 crore a day, the association asked the Centre to find an amicable solution.

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