Nepal’s truck transport sector has taken a significant step by calling for a restriction on the entry of Indian cargo vehicles into the country. The Federation of Truck Transport Entrepreneurs Nepal (FTTEN) highlighted the escalating concerns about the detrimental effects of unhealthy competition on local cargo businesses.
At a press conference, Rajendra Bikram Baniya, the general secretary of FTTEN, voiced the association’s stance. He emphasized the prevailing inequality, wherein Indian trucks can operate freely within Nepal, yet Nepali vehicles face hurdles when operating in India. Although specific challenges were not elaborated upon, the call for action was clear.
FTTEN is urging the Nepalese government to impose a ban on the entry of Indian cargo vehicles. The association contends that the unchecked influx of such trucks from neighbouring India is causing disruptions to domestic cargo vehicle operations. Beyond this demand, FTTEN also underscores the need for enhanced management of truck parking facilities, particularly in vital locations like Kathmandu, the capital city. General Secretary Baniya stressed the importance of adhering to established truck fare rates and their diligent supervision. The association further advocates for consistent fare rates for 47 primary routes within the truck transport sector.
Additionally, the association is advocating for more streamlined accident-handling processes, prompt medical care for the injured, and strict enforcement of load-bearing regulations stipulated by existing laws. The truckers are also urging amendments to the current legislation governing relief work management. They’re also emphasizing the need for improved procedures concerning the confiscation of goods and the detention of trucks when discrepancies arise between transported goods and relevant documentation during revenue inspections.
This move by FTTEN reflects the industry’s determination to level the playing field and create a more balanced and sustainable environment for domestic cargo businesses in Nepal. The call for effective regulations and fair practices is poised to reshape the logistics landscape in the region.