Truckers seek Covid detection facilities for drivers

NEW DELHI: Transporters and truckers Organizations have suggested that the Ministry of Transport create thermal detection facilities to detect Covid-19 for drivers at loading and unloading points and every 200 km on the roads.

In a video conference with officials from the Ministry of Transport and MoS, General V K Singh On Friday, they suggested the need to encourage drivers to show up to work through the media.

Representatives of all India Motor Transport Congress ( AIMTC ) and two other entities AITWA and SIMTA participated in the interaction.

The AIMTC has also sought a relief package including suspension of toll collection on highways till October. They claimed over 90% trucks are lying idle and over four lakh truckers with goods are still stranded.

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The truckers entities claimed that they they have been receiving numerous distress calls from across the nation from drivers stuck during the lockdown, seeking help.

“We have suggested that big corporate linked to the transport sector can come together with government and us to create facilities for testing of drivers, providing sanitizing facilities and to ensure social distancing is maintained,” said AIMTC president Kultaran singh Atwal

AIMTC has claimed that the average daily loss to truckers is estimated at about Rs 2,200 crore. “We have sought immediate rescue and relief package from government including demand of average Rs 15,000 per month for the truck and bus drivers to sustain their families on basis of documents like driving licences and Aadhaar card,” Atwal said.

Las entidades de los truckers también citaron cómo están observando la escasez de conductores debido al estricto bloqueo en la región Mewat de Haryana. Le dijeron a los funcionarios del ministerio que casi un lakh truckers provienen de esta región.