Hyderabad / Vijayawada: More than five lakh trucks left the roads in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as part of an indefinite strike by carriers that began Thursday in both states.
Transporters on Trucks strike are opposing steep increase of 50 percent in Third Party Premium (TPP) for commercial vehicles.
Truck owners’ associations in both states stated that members suspended transportation services from 6 am, in accordance with the South Zone Motor Transport Association’s decision to support their requests.
The association has exempted essential services such as the transportation of vegetables, milk and gasoline from the strike.
The Truck Owners Association of Andhra Pradesh said three lakh trucks had stopped sailing. The Telangana association said that up to 2.70 lakh trucks were off the roads.
Some trucks and mini-trucks operated to provide essential goods.
Truckers are seeking to withdraw from the central government order on increasing third party insurance, challan fees and penal amounts.
The carriers are opposed to a large increase of 50%. Of third party premiums (TPP) for commercial vehicles.
They believe that this measure will still paralyze the transport community, which was already suffering from adverse economic conditions due to higher toll charges, high spare parts costs and diesel fuel.
The association is also opposed to the 2016 Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill and the Vehicle Demolition Policy.
By declaring that there was no connection between the age of a vehicle and pollution, the carriers’ body maintained that it was physical fitness that was important.
The scrapping vehicles, which have reached the age of 15, would make road transport economically unsustainable, he said.
It also requires a uniform policy across the country in fixing diesel tariffs and tolls.
The governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have ordered district collectors to ensure that there is no shortage of essential products.
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Transport officials said they would talk to the leaders of the associations to discuss issues of state jurisdiction.
Truckers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also require a single permit system for both states.
Telangana’s Minister of Transport, Mahender Reddy, said the transport commissioner would meet with his counterpart Andhra on the issue.