Staff Reporter

Nearly 50,000 trucks in and around Chennai will not be operated

CHENNAI: All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has decided to launch an agitation from the midnight of April 5 in protest against the increase in the diesel price and toll charges.

R.Sugumar, official spokesperson of AIMTC in Chennai, said the decision was taken at a meeting in New Delhi on Friday. If the Central government does not address the demands by March, nearly 50,000 trucks in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts would not be operated as part of the agitation.

The government had assured the AIMTC that it would implement a new national permit scheme by January this year and charge Rs.15,000 per year as fees for movement of each vehicle across the country.

But, it is yet to be done. The truckers are also hit by rising prices of tyres and it should also be addressed, he said.