HYDERABAD: With only a few individuals opting to commute through cabs, autos and private buses even throughout unlock 3.0, the transport operators who’ve suffered immense monetary losses because of the pandemic are planning to stage a protest after not receiving any assist from authorities.
The operators say that regardless of submitting a number of representations to the transport division authorities requesting a tax and insurance waiver, there was no communication from them until now.
“The prevailing situation and the constantly increasing diesel prices have crippled our incomes. Most drivers haven’t been earning anything from past four months. We have been repeatedly asking the authorities to consider our plea but there is no response from their side. Every time we try to talk to them, the police intervenes and stops us from entering their office premises,” said Shaik Salauddin, the chairman of Telangana State Taxi and Driver joint motion committee.
“The state government keeps extending the deadline for fines, taxes, insurance and other things but they are not accepting the request for a waiver. We have decided to stage a protest because the police are not allowing us to hold talks with the transport commissioner,” he said.
The JAC additionally reiterated the excessive court docket order asking all of the transport operators to kind a union and submit a illustration to the division.
“We have been trying to give representations and hold talks with the transport department authorities by following instructions of the high court. Despite that, neither the authorities nor the government is y to listen to our problems,” said Manchireddy Rajender Reddy, the Working President of Telangana Lorry Owners’ Association.
In the same protest last month, bus and cab operators raised their issues by parking over one thousand buses on roads close to the places of work of Road Transport Authority throughout Telangana state.
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