Bangalore, Feb 22: Over seven lakh goods transport vehicles will stop plying on the road in Karnataka from midnight today following a decision of Lorry Owners Association expressing inability to fix Speed Governors to their vehicles as directed by the Karnataka High Court.
Addressing a press conference here, Federation of State Lorry Owner's and Agents Association, President G R Shanmugappa said that despite several memorandums and appeal made against the implementation of the government order on fixing the speed regulator device to commercial vehicles, no positive action was taken by the State Government.
Mr Shanmugappa clarified that withdrawal from plying on the road cannot be considered as agitation. "We are not protesting against the High Court verdict since it becomes contempt, but our grouse is against the State government which has failed to convince the Court properly".
However, vehicles carrying essential commodities including vegetables, perishable goods, milk and medicines were exempted.
Accusing the lobby of the manufacturers of Speed Governors were behind the implementation, Mr Shanmugappa said that after realising its mistake the state government is now contemplating to approach the Supreme Court against the Karnataka High Court order. The Federation has also filed an appeal with the Supreme court against the High Court verdict in this regard.
Meanwhile, State Transport Commissioner, Mr Lakshminarayan told to the source that the government is taking remedial measures following the decision of transport operators to go on strike.
Declining to confirm whether the State government was approaching the Supreme court against the High Court Order, Mr Lakshminarayan said that appropriate actions were being taken to reduce the burden caused by the transport operators strike. "Government will make alternate arrangements for the smooth movement of essential commodities in the state" he added.