January 6, 2015 1:45:11 am
With more than 60,000 trucks, which provide services to the automobile industries, going on strike from midnight on Monday, sources said the two-wheeler industry will be affected the most. Crippled transportation services will also hurt car companies, which use trucks to transport their vehicles from manufacturing facilities to dealerships, a source said.
The strike has been called in protest over the trucks not being issued fitness certificates by the Regional Transport Authority, on grounds that they are ‘over-dimensional’.
Reacting to the strike, Secretary General of Gurgaon Industrial Association Bishen Mehrish said, “The manufacturing industry is going to be hit badly. If this happens, production as well as storage of manufactured units will suffer.”
He also said that the association has spoken to the chief minister, transport minister and the transport commissioner of Haryana and are internally seeking time to prepare themselves.
Meanwhile, the Automobile Carrier Welfare Association (ACWA) — which called the strike — said it will make it a nationwide strike and not just restrict it to the Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal industrial sector as was initially announced.
“All our carriers and trailers, having national permits, will stop plying completely,” ACWA general-secretary Daman Dewan said.
ACWA provides services to major automobile manufactures including Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle, Suzuki Motorcycle, Maruti, Toyota, Mercedes, Hyundai, Bajaj and Yamaha.
“The proposed transporters’ strike is likely to impact operations at our plants in Gurgaon and Dharuhera. We are trying to make alternative arrangements to minimise the possible impact. We hope the authorities and the ACWA will be able to resolve the issue at the earliest,” a spokesperson of Hero MotorCorp said. Hero employs around 2,400 permanent workers in these plants.
The total daily production at the two facilities is about 20,000 vehicles.
The ACWA has been asked by authorities to the follow ‘European standards’ of carriers and trailers dimensions. “The dimensions given to us will cut the present carriers into half, thereby wasting many vehicles,” Dewan said.
As per the new requirements, the company has been asked to make carriers and trailers of 2.6m width, 12m length and 4.7m height. But the carrier company claims that this would only lead to more number of trucks on the roads, increasing traffic by 2.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, Car Carrier Association (CCA) — which provides services to major manufactures including Maruti Suzuki, Tata, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ashok Leyland and Mercedes — is not planning to go on strike. It has written a letter to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, requesting final specifications of their carriers.
“Our carriers too, have not been getting fitness certificate and national permit renewals. However, we will not go on a strike but we request the government to frame final specifications under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules so that companies remain unaffected,” CCA President Vipul Nanda said.
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