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 Bengal truck drivers on strike from tomorrow
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Bengal truck drivers on strike from tomorrow

Agency News

Kolkata, Aug 18 : Members of the West Bengal truck drivers' association will go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow demanding implementation of the 'Revision of Safe Axle Weights for Goods Vehicles'.

The stir has been announced by the members of the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Associations (FWBTOA), along with those of the Posta Goods Transport Operators' Association, who claim to have been demanding implementation of the rule for long while protesting against alleged harassment by the police, local media report said.

While the FWBTOA strike is for an indefinite period, the Posta truck operators have extended their support for two days from tomorrow.

Incidentally, truck operators in Kolkata had staged a two-hour peaceful road blockade in July demanding implementation of the revised rules which were introduced by the Centre in 2018.

As per the revised norms, the axle load has been increased by 25 per cent.

However, the rule for goods vehicles is yet to be upgraded in the State, leading to huge losses, according to the truck operators.

Almost 50 per cent of their vehicles had been garaged owing to the losses incurred because of non-implementation of the revised rules that was successfully followed in other states, according to Mr Subhash Chandra Bose, general secretary of FWBTOA.

SK Mittal, president All India Motor Transport Congress, has demanded complete abolition of GST on third party premiums saying that even though the number of accidents involving trucks has lessened, the third party premium paid by the truck operators is increasing every year. UNI