Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators’ Associations has called for an indefinite strike from March 22 throughout the state to meet its demands which have remained unaddressed for a long time, the association claimed.
As a result of the strike, the truck operators linked with this association will not ply their vehicles from March 22. Vehicles staying off roads will not just hinder state’s economy but will also affect the essential services in the state.
The members of the association said that they have no alternative but to go on an indefinite strike to articulate their demands which were pending for a long time.
They said that their association had urged the concerned authorities to meet their demands but no action has been taken in this regard.
Their demand was to stop overloading by implementing necessary check post along with the weigh bridge at various points, as was decided in a meeting with the Principal Secretary, Transport.
They demanded to check the vehicle documents at the fixed points in front of CCTVs to stop alleged bribe by a section of duty officers.
They also placed their demand to stop the harassment by the irrigation and transport department by issuing undue notifications against the truck operators. The claim to be frequently harassed by police and the MVI personnel in this regard.
They also demanded withdrawal of the notification to install speed governor. They claimed that though the Supreme Court has issued order to install speed governor in West Bengal, but the road infrastructure in some parts of the state are damaged and there is no way to run a vehicle at an unlimited speed and therefore the speed governor is not required in the state.