November 11, 2015
As many as 9 resolutions, including the revocation of the centre’s road safety and transport bill 2014, were passed by the All India Trade Union Congress’ (AITUC) four-day meet held in Coimbatore on Wednesday.
The members also suggested that a separate welfare board should be formed to benefit the lorry drivers.
Showing disdain to the Road Safety and Transport Bill 2014, the members have stated that it would directly affect the life of lorry drivers and their families. They have demanded that the central government should include the association representatives in the road safety committees, and also conduct inquiries when a lorry is involved in accidents, because lorry drivers tend to get blamed for all the accidents.
A special waiting room for every 75 km should be set up by the highways department to help lorry drivers rest while on long trips. The members have also demanded that accidents happening in various states should be booked in the respective limits, and the inquiry should be conducted by the courts that have jurisdiction over the area.
The revisions in the prices of toll gate, insurance, diesel, and service taxes should also be stabilized since it directly affects lorry drivers and the general population.
The conference was previously inaugurated by TNLDU State President Rangasamy. Secretary Mohan, MLA M. Arumugam, Farmers’ Association President S. Palanisamy, and AITUC Secretary Thangavelu also participated in the conference.