Goods transporters continue strike


KARACHI: The goods transporters strike entered its second day on Tuesday as the talks between Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and representatives of transporters ended in a deadlock. Cargo supplies across the country came to a halt on Monday when goods transporters suspended their operations in protest over hefty increase in fines. Transporters have complained that the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) over the matter not being implemented. The government and the Motorway Police refusing to follow the Axle Load SRO 2000, transporters complained. They demanded implementation of the IHC order with regard to the enforcement of the Axle Load Management. Transporters said that they decided to halt the cargo supply as a last resort wafter their several appeals had failed to convince the authorities to take action over their concerns. After transporters decision to continue their strike, cargo vehicles have been parked at roads resulting in suspension of transport of consignments from the Port Qasim and Karachi Port as well as supplies of vegetables, fruits and medicines to various parts of the country.