Lorry strike continues, Rs 5,000 cr worth goods affected in TN

For the second consecutive day today, around five lakh trucks went off roads in Tamil Nadu today pressing for various demands including a revision of GST rates and an end to daily revision of diesel prices.

The strike is called by the All India Motor Transport
Congress (AIMTC), the All India Transporters Welfare Association and the All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners Association.

AIMTC Vice President-South Zone, P.V. Subramani said, “The trucks are participating in the two-day token strike. The business loss in the state will be around Rs 5,000 crore and at the national level it will be nearly 10 times that figure.”

Noting that the E-way bill, an electronic bill required for cargo movement, was impractical for road transport, he said the truckers wanted that instead of E-way bill, invoice from the consignor must be accepted.

S. Yuvaraj, President, Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Federation, said federation members were also participating in the strike.

Yuvaraj said the truckers were willing to pay a one-time toll fee so that trucks do not have to wait at the toll gates but the government was not agreeing to that.

R Sukumar, President, Confederation of Surface Transport, Tamil Nadu, said the Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017, to be tabled in Parliament, would affect several sectors.