Truckers threaten strike from Nov 10

Karnataka Lorry Owners Association on Friday threatened to launch a strike if the government fails to respond to their demands, including removing of the "unscientific" road tax and quashing the order on speed governors.

Association president B Channareddy said that in the last eight months, there has been a three-fold increase in RTO fees paid by lorry owners for various purposes. "The government has made speed governors mandatory to limit speed to 80 km. However, the price of speed governors in Karnataka is Rs 11,000 while they cost Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 in neighbouring states. This is a great injustice to lorry owners in the state," he said.

He accused the RTO squad at Karajeevanahalli toll gate near Sira of corruption.

He said the government has failed to respond though they have repeatedly aired their grievances. "We will launch a statewide strike if the government fails to fulfil our demands by November 10," he said.

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