SWABI – Flying Coach Transporters Association here on Sunday gave a call for a complete wheel-jam strike on Monday (today) to protest increase in the prices of petroleum products and compressed natural gas (CNG). The transporters said that they have been working on a strategy to create unity in their ranks and efforts are under way to arrange a complete strike because it became difficult for them to survive. It has been learnt that talks with the pick up and other associations of transporters are under way to forge unity for a united stand on the issue, which crippled the sources of their livelihood. However, the sources said that the district administration have been striving to keep them apart and foil their call of wheel-jam strike. Efforts were underway to foil their strike, said the sources.

A distinguished traffic official recalled that two months back the district administration arranged pickups and rickshaws for the commuters when the flying coach transporters observed strike, demanding increase in the fare and the transporters who overcharge the people were fined.

When contacted, Waqif Khan, president of the flying coach association told this correspondent that neither they could transfer the massive burden to the commuters nor they bear the burnt of the latest increase in the prices of petroleum and CNG. “We are highly confused by the hefty increase in the prices of CNG and petroleum products. We are already in hot waters and the latest bombshell forced us to give a call for the strike and it would be continued till the meeting of our single demand, the reversal of the CNG and petroleum prices,” he said.

He said that if they increase the fares the traffic police would fine them and their vehicles would be impounded. During the last three months more than 600 vehicles were fined and they have raised the issue with the district administration officials but they were not ready to pay attention them. When contacted traffic police declared that till the readjustment of the fare by the government the transporters would not be allowed to overcharge the people according to their own well.