The indefinite strike organized by trucking company owners in India over a huge hike in third party motor insurance premiums has reached its second week, causing price increases for several basic commodities.
Several trucking associations, including the South India Motor Transport Association (SIMTA), held a demonstration at Freedom Park in Bangalore. G. R. Shanmugappa, general secretary of SIMTA, said the government should repeal its decisions, including the phasing out of 15-year-old vehicles.
While it was previously reported that the All India Motor Transport Congress’s (AIMTC) strike would begin on April 20, the group has decided to move it forward and stopped work on Saturday.
The organizations of petrol and diesel tankers have not joined their fellow truckers but have expressed support for the strike. Thus, fuel prices are unaffected.