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Madurai lorry owners to take part in strike

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Lorry Owners' Association, Madurai, will take part in the nationwide lorry strike, planned by All India Motor Transport Association (AIMTC) from the midnight of April 4.

In a statement, its president K. Sathiah said that the charter of demands of AIMTC included uniform road and bridge toll fee across the country, national permit for lorries be fixed at Rs. 15,000 and scrapping anti-dumping duty on imported radial tyres.

Besides, the association has also put forth another charter of demands before the State Government. The association has opposed Tamil Nadu Government for implementing the basic qualification of 8 {+t} {+h} standard for getting driving license as prescribed by the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. While no neighbouring State was following this practice, Tamil Nadu alone had been implementing it for the past one year which, he said, had impeded filling up vacancies for drivers' post.

Incidents of robbery on national and State highways were continuing and the crew was also attacked. However, whenever the crew members approached the nearest police station, they were turned away by the police citing jurisdiction issue. The association wanted the police to give first information report by the police station wherever the complaint was first lodged.

The association objected to check-posts at State borders imposing fines on vehicles with an objective of achieving their monthly targets. Omni buses should be prevented from booking parcels and the practice of confiscating the vehicle permit and driving license for accidents registered under 304 (a) of Indian Penal Code withdrawn.

Mr. Sathiah said that even if the demands of the congress were met by the Centre, lorries in Tamil Nadu would continue its strike till their demands were met by the State Government.

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