Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Karnataka commercial vehicle strike called off

Bangalore (PTI): Commercial vehicle owners in Karnataka called off their indefinite strike on Tuesday evening after the state government decided to make fixing of speed governors mandatory only for new vehicles.

"The proposal on installing speed governors to old vehicles has been kept in abeyance. It's going to be applicable only to new vehicles. So, we called off the strike", the Association's President G R Shanmugappa told PTI. after discussions with government officials here today.

Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association and other vehicle operators were on a strike from Sunday midnight.

Around 25,000 tourist taxis, over 40,000 maxi cabs, 10,000 private tankers and 16,000 private vehicles carrying school children had joined the stir.

Following a directive from the High Court, the state had tried to enforce the installation of speed governors to check the increasing number of accidents.

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