BENGALURU: Members of the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents’ Association on Sunday threatened to stay off the roads from October 1 if the government does not meet their demands. Their agitation is a part of a nation-wide indefinite strike by lorries.
Speaking to Express, secretary of the Association T V Narayanappa said that their main demand is the removal of toll duty, which he said is affecting lorry owners to a large extent.
“The toll that we pay is quite exorbitant and isn’t very viable for us. There are many toll booths that don’t collect money, but largely, the problem still persists,” he said.
Another demand of the association is that a government directive stating that a vehicle above 10 years of age cannot be used be revoked.
“This is ridiculous. Thirdly, they want speed governors to be installed. This is preposterous as in the city, one can’t speed at all. When we spend around `3-4 lakh on a vehicle, getting a speed governor installed at a cost of `35,000-40,000 is not viable either. We condemn this,” he added.