Commercial vehicles may join sand truckers' strike

 The truckers are demanding renewal of permits for sand extraction and transportation.
Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association president, G R Shanmugappa warned that all heavy vehicles will join the strike shortly if the government does not respond positively to the demand made by them. “I have submitted a memorandum on Thursday to the chief minister, transport minister and the Mines and Geology department asking for permits to transport sand,” he said.

On behalf of the truckers, he issued this warning, “If the government does not concede to our demand, all commercial vehicles all over the State will join the strike.” Altogether 32,00 lorries are taking part in the strike and nearly three lakh people are out of jobs the last four days, the president added.

Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said the issue was came under the purview of the Mines and Geology department and they had to take a decision. “The truckers are upset since they get booked for transporting 15 tonnes of sand instead of the permissible 10,000 tonnes, for not having tail lights or having drivers without licences.” he said.

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