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Lorry strike called off

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The five-day old strike by lorry owners in the State was called off following talks between Minister for Transport Mathew T. Thomas and representatives of lorry owners led by P.E. Ramachandran, chairman of Lorry Owners Coordination Committee, here on Thursday night.

Mr. Thomas told mediapersons that the Government had made its stance clear on the three major demands made by the lorry owners. One of the demands was for extension of the deadline to fix speed governors. As per the Supreme Court directive, speed governors were to be fixed by April 15.

The Minister said he could not extend any assurance on that count and as such there would be no change in the deadline.

On the demand by the lorry owners that speed governors should be made mandatory for carriages from other States, Minister has assured that the issue would be taken up with legal consultants.

The demand by the lorry owners for cutting the 10 per cent road tax imposed in this year's budget would be taken up with the Minister for Finance.