Cautioning that movement of goods and essential supplies will be impacted if the Government fails to announce immediate relief for transporters, AIMTC said that on the ground, the situation is deteriorating with every passing day and it is going to result in another major crisis. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) is the apex body of transporters and represents about 95 lakh truckers and entities.
The coronavirus turmoil and the nationwide lockdown have taken the road transport ecosystem to dreadful levels, AIMTC said pointing out that about 30 per cent vehicles seen on the roads, those engaged in transporting essential supplies and delivering loaded stock, are being run majorly by owner-drivers and small operators.
“The movement of trucks, containers and other freight vehicles will not only affect the movement of goods from one State to another, but will also affect import-export. This will affect the supply of both essential and non-essential items. The Central Govt has announced an economic relief package for various sectors in 5 phases to revive the slowing economy due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, the Central Government did not take care of this sector while announcing the relief package,” AIMTC President Kultaran Singh Atwal said.