Nationwide truckers strike from today

July 2nd, 2008 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): Truckers across the country are on an indefinite strike today to push their demand for abolishment of toll tax and rationalization of duty of diesel.
All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) claimed the support of all state transporters’ association with a combined fleet size of 48 lakh trucks.
On Tuesday, AIMTC officials had presented a note of their demands to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The demands of the truckers’ body include removal of ad valorem taxes levied on diesel. They also demanded that toll taxes on old highways, where recoveries have already been made, should be removed.
The roads constructed under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model, where the private parties have already made recoveries, toll taxes should also be withdrawn.
AIMTC also demanded the removal of speed governors at highways, which set speed limit at 60 km considering the government, was going ahead with construction of expressways. (ANI)

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