Chang­ing cogs

Commercial Vehicle - - LET­TERS -

It is in­ter­est­ing to see how the CV in­dus­try is chang­ing gears. Pref­er­ence for value trucks is grow­ing. They are safer and com­fort­able than the econ­omy trucks ever were. De­spite sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of tax re­turns, there are trans­porters who con­tinue to look at GST as a speed hump. They seem to be of the opin­ion that it has pro­vided little respite to them, and even when it comes to long haul as­sign­ments. There is also a sec­tion of trans­porters who are of the opin­ion that GST has pushed them to bet­ter or­gan­ise their busi­ness; has helped them to be­come an or­gan­ised player. Pa­per­work is where the trans­porters seem to have a com­mon opin­ion that it is too rig­or­ous. If the need to in­crease ef­fi­ciency is felt by trans­porters in a post GST sce­nario, they are the ones who are pur­chas­ing higher ton­nage CVs. Rated pay­load is the buzz­word for long-haul trans­porters. Over­load­ing is how­ever said to be prac­ticed by those who op­er­ate within states, and con­tin­ues to pose a big safety is­sue. Greas­ing the palms is what en­ables such a prac­tice I am told. The good news is the en­try of pro­fes­sional international lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies in In­dia. The In­dian lo­gis­tics scene will never be the same again.

Nilesh Asthana, Gore­gaon

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