Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Truckers to go on strike from Friday

Truckers to go on strike from Friday
DH News Service,Bangalore:
More than seven lakh commercial vehicles/trucks in the State will voluntarily stop plying from February 22 midnight, according to the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association (FKSLOAA).

After a marathon meet on Monday, the Federation chose to go off the roads but refused to call it as an indefinite strike. The FKSLOAA has, however, exempted transportation of essential commodities, such as milk, fuel and medicines from the purview of the stir.

Monday’s FKSLOAA meeting was attended by allied federations of neighbouring states including Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The truckers’ bodies, while refusing to call it a strike, said they had resolved to stop plying their vehicles in the wake of the recent High Court verdict of February 12 making speed governors compulsory.
Federation president G R Shanmugappa told Deccan Herald after the meet, “We have decided not to ply our vehicles and transport goods from Friday as the court has said that commercial vehicles should not ply without a speed governor. We have received full support from our allied federations from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

More than seven lakh commercial vehicles from the State and about 15,000 trucks from outside that ply through Karnataka will stay put at their respective destinations, while trucks from North India will also not be allowed to enter Karnataka. This has been decided to show our displeasure over making speed governors compulsory,” he said.

B V Narayanappa, secretary of FKSLOAA said the movement of all types of commercial vehicles will come to a standstill.


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