Transporters strike against toll tax on June 12Transporters strike against toll tax on June 12

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/10/2019 7:55:03 AM

`RTOs, ARTOs refusing to issue fitness certificate’

SRINAGAR/JAMMU, Jun 9: Transporters today said they would observe a strike on June 12 against levying of toll tax on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
They said the strike will be also against the recent government order asking them to install hi-tech systems such as vehicle location tracking devices and panic button in the vehicles.
General Secretary, Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association, Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf told media that the strike, which will also be observed to press for demands like speedy verification of documents, will also be held by the Jammu transporters.
“Heavy toll charges (Rs 285) for a bus on National Highway is a burden. Transport sector has been suffering huge losses in the Valley and now administration wants us to install hi-tech gadgets in our vehicles, which cost almost Rs 20,000. It is a burden on us,” Yusuf said.
He said the transporters have decided to go for a day long token strike and that if demands are not met they will intensify the stir and go for indefinite chakka-jam strike.
He said buses, Sumos, auto-rickshaws and all other commercial vehicles will observe the strike on June 12.
In Jammu, All J&K Transport Welfare Association also echoed the sentiments of its Kashmir counterparts while announcing to observe chakka jam on June 12. It alleged that Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) and ARTOs had refused to issue fitness certificate of all type of commercials forcing them to install `Vehicle Location Tracking Devices and Panic Buttons.'
In an emergency meeting of all the transporters of Jammu and Kashmir including presidents and representatives of all bus, truck, tanker, mini buses, Sumo/Taxi Unions, held under the chairmanship of T S Wazir, Chairman of the Association here today, the members unanimously resolved to go on strike if some reasonable time was not granted to the transporters. They alleged harassment by all the Transport officers to them on this account. They condemned the State Transport authorities for the rigid attitude.
Wazir said initially, state government issued order for installations of speed governors and high security registration number plates on all the vehicles. “Now, the fresh directions have been issued to install Vehicle Location Tracking Devices and Panic Buttons in public service vehicles. This system has now been made mandatory for all type of commercial vehicles including goods carriers. For this fitness certificate is being denied. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) had issued instructions to set up control rooms for monitoring / functioning of such devices. But this control room has not been set up by the State Transport authorities so far. Association approached the Transport Commissioner and RTO Jammu to withdraw this order till a control room is set up but they have not given reasonable time or set up control room,” he alleged.
Association resolved to observe token strike on June 12 (Wednesday) if its demand was not met. “The transporters and operators will go for indefinite strike from Lakhanpur to Leh-Ladakh after June 12,” it added.



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