Chandigarh– Hundreds of trucks remained off the roads in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday following a strike called by various associations of truckers.
Limited movement of trucks were reported in some parts of Punjab and Haryana as majority of the trucks did not ply.
“Truckers are observing a strike today over the sharp increase in third-party insurance,” Surjit Singh, a trucker based in Punjab’s Jalandhar city said.
Truckers mainly operate out of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar in Punjab, Gurugram, Panipat and Ambala in Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh.
The striking truck owners will decide on Monday whether or not to continue their strike after a meeting with the Chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), said an official of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).
“One of the reasons for going on strike is the drastic 50 per cent increase in the third party premium charged for trucks by the insurers. We have a meeting with the IRDAI Chairman on Monday in Hyderabad,” P.V. Subramani, Vice President, AIMTC-South Zone told IANS on Saturday.
Subramani is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Cargo Wings Logistics Ltd.