Transporters seek hike in passenger fare, allege harassment by cops

Chairman All J&K Transport Welfare Association, TS Wazir addressing press conference in Jammu on Thursday.
Chairman All J&K Transport Welfare Association, TS Wazir addressing press conference in Jammu on Thursday.

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Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 27: Alleging harassment by the Traffic Police officials and some officers in the Regional Transport Office Jammu and seeking revision in the passenger fare, the transport operators today declared to observe strike on October 1, 2018.
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Addressing a joint press conference, chairman of All J&K Transport Welfare Association, TS Wazir and heads of various passengers bus/ mini-bus/ taxi, truck and oil tankers unions at Press Club here today, said that in view of the steep hike in the prices of diesel and petrol, the Government must go for revision in the passenger fare and freight charges. They said that a minor hike given recently by the Government was unacceptable to them. The rate of diesel has gone from Rs 68 to Rs 76 per litre in last few months and Transport Commissioner should revise the passenger fare.
Wazir alleged unnecessary harassment by the Traffic cops and Executive police to the transport operators. He claimed that transporters are granting 50 % concession in fare to the students and Govt has allowed 30% extra passengers to cover up loss but these days not even single or two extra passengers are allowed. Under such circumstances the transport operators will not allow concession to the students.
The Union heads demanded relaxation in Passenger tax as Govt has given sharp hike in it. The transporters are facing harassment and several problems in RTO office Jammu. The RTO has no sufficient time for renewal/ replacement of route permits, registration of commercial vehicles, deposit of route permits etc. Moreover double fees is being charged for one license including LMV and HGV. This practice be stopped at RTO/ ARTO offices, they added.
They further alleged that Railway authorities at Jammu are charging very high parking fee and are not maintaining bus, mini-bus and taxi stands there. They all are lying in bad shape. They are charging Rs 2134 per bus per month and Rs 1184 per taxi per month as parking fee which is very high.
Wazir pointed out that Govt issued order No. HUD/LSG/ULBNJK/79/2017 dated 29-3/2017 and gave directions to all the concerned not to charge Adda fees from the vehicles plying on National Highways but this order was not implemented till today. The Government must intervene to withdraw this Adda fees.
The Association and Transport Unions unanimously decided to observe one day token strike on October 1, 2018 and later launch indefinite strike if their demands were no addressed within one week.