Udupi: The South Zone Motor Transport Welfare Association has called for an indefinite strike from March 30 against the union government to meet their demands. The private buses, lorries, trucks, taxis and maxi cabs are expected to stop plying on the roads in southern states including Pondicherry from 6 am, said G R Shanmugappa, President of South Zone Motor Transport Welfare Association and Karnataka State Lorry Owners Association.
Speaking to media persons at Udupi, Shanmugappa said that the rise in insurance premium of various insurance companies and even third party insurance, toll collection had forced the association to call for a strike demanding the union government to interfere and resolve the problems as soon as possible.
He said that rise in transport fee, scraping the 15 or more year old vehicles, exempting the vehicles from speed controlling equipment, common registration process and tax on tourist vehicles are main issues of the protest.
Meanwhile, various associations like Karnataka Bus Owner’s Association, Udupi District Lorry Owners Association, Dakshina Kannada District Lorry Owners Association and other association will support the strike on March 30, he added.
Rajavarma Ballal, President of Karnataka State Bus Owners Association, K G Ravindran, President of Karnataka State Taxi and Maxicab Union, other association leaders Kuyilady Suresh Nayak, Rajesh Kaveri, Kiran Shetty and others were present.