Spike in Covid-19 cases in Mewat creates fear of trucker shortage
NEW DELHI: Spike in Covid-19 cases in Mewat in Hariana alarms have started to sound for truckers as they foresee a severe shortage of drivers. A large portion of the truck drivers come from this backward district in the Delhi neighborhood.
Nuh district with its headquarter at Mewat has reported 23 new positive cases and has become a hotspot in the state.
In a statement, all of India Motor transport Congress (AIMTC), one of the largest truck owners and operators associations, said on Wednesday due to spike in the cases in Mewat there is stringent lockdown in the locality and people are not allowed move out of their homes.
Similar is the situation in Beaver, Rajasthan . Such developments will again create driver shortages, said the AIMTC president, Kultaran Singh Atwal .
The entity has been demanding insurance coverage for drivers and helpers, which is under active government consideration.
TOI has learned that roadways have been asked to coordinate with concerned departments and other stakeholders to zero out on the best mechanism for obtaining the names of truck drivers and helpers that can be included in the insurance package.
Meanwhile, Atwal said they have suggested and represented the government that at least six drivers should be able to travel in an empty truck, with their DL as a valid pass, so that they can get to their vehicles stranded or parked at various locations across the country. .
So far, the government has allowed one driver and one bus attendant and the driver's DL to be enough to allow them to move on.
It has also relaxed regulations to ensure drivers can get to their trucks seamlessly. He has also advised state authorities to facilitate his transfer from home to trucks.