JAMMU, Sept 13: Chairman, All J&K Transport Welfare Association, TS Wazir (Ex-MLC) today said that just 8 % hike given in the passenger fare and very meager in freight charges by the State Transport authorities was not justified as rates of petrol and diesel have gone sky high in last few months.
Addressing a press conference here today Wazir who was flanked by presidents of Bus, Mini-bus, Oil Tankers, Truck and Taxi Unions here alleged that transporter is being crushed by the Government authorities from all the sides. While the harassment to the transporters/ operators from the Traffic Police and Regional Transport office Jammu and other sub regional offices has increased manifold, the Insurance companies have also increased rates insurance, which ultimately have gone beyond the reach of the transporters and other vehicle owners. Even the taxes have witnessed a steep hike.
He sought early solution of these issues, cautioning Govt not to force transporters to go on strike.