Bangalore, Feb 23: More than seven lakh commercial vehicles including trucks, private buses, taxis and maxi cabs went off the road as operators launched an indefinite strike from midnight last night in protest against the mandatory fixing of speed governors.
The movement of goods commodities was severely affected while a majority of the two-lakh employees working in the IT companies, who depended on the over 40,000 cabs to go to their offices, were put to great hardship. Police sources said that more than 300 people from lorry owners associations were detained for forcing the vehicles to take part in the strike opposing the installation of speed governors to their vehicles. The strike picked up early in the morning even though the call was given to launch it from midnight last night.
The incoming vehicular movement from other states was badly affected, while trucks and other vehicles were parked on both the sides of the highways and other major roads affecting the traffic.
In some places like state border at Hosur, the vehicles were stopped, while tankers carrying LPG from Mangalore were halted on the outskirts of the city from last evening.
Transport department Control room said alternative arrangements had been made for movement of essential commodities like milk, petroleum products, gas, vegetables, fruit and medicines with appropriate security to the vehicles.
No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state, they said.
A task force will meet every day in the transport office with representatives for police, oil companies, Railways, FCI, APMC, KMF, Food and Civil supplies to deal with the situation.
Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners said that the strike would continue till the government revoked its notification making speed governors mandatory.