Curbs on movement of heavy vehicles lifted

Curbs on movement of heavy vehicles lifted

They can now ply on all City roads between 11 am and 4 pm

Curbs on movement of heavy vehicles lifted

The City police on Friday withdrew the notification prohibiting the movement of heavy vehicles in the City between 6 am and 10 pm, barely two weeks after it was issued. The decision was taken after several rounds of meetings with the transporters and representatives of several associations.

The heavy vehicles carrying goods will now be allowed to ply within the City between 11 am and 4 pm as earlier. They will also be allowed to ply on all the City roads. Earlier, the heavy vehicles were allowed only on specific roads between 11 am and 4 pm.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, B Dayananda, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said: “After examining many representations and holding several rounds of talks, we decided to modify the timings as it was affecting the trade and business.

The main reason for the decision is that most of the wholesale markets are located within the City. We will now form a committee comprising various stakeholders and make concerted efforts to relocate the markets outside so that the movement of heavy vehicles can be regulated.”

He said the demand by the associations to allow heavy vehicles carrying essential commodities 24/7, has not been accepted and they will have to adhere to the timings of 11 am to 4 pm.

Strike call withdrawn
Consequent to the orders, Federation of Karnataka Lorry Agents Association led by its president G R Shanmugappa withdrew the strike call given to protest the curbs on movement of heavy vehicles. The federation had given a call for indefinite strike by lorries and trucks in the State against the orders.

The Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), through which several associations and industry leaders had forwarded representations requesting the police to withdraw the orders, hailed the decision.

President FKCCI S Sampathraman, expressed his gratitude to the government and Commissioner of Police for finding a favourable solution in the interest of all stakeholders.

However, suggestion by the FKCCI to allow movement of all vehicles carrying essential commodities such as food grains, pulses, vegetables etc 24/7, has not been accepted by the authorities.
DH News Service