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Angst over GPS & lock push for trucks

Patna: Transporters in Bihar have cried foul over move of the mines and geology department to make use of GPS and e-lock compulsory from November 15 in the vehicles which are used for transporting sand, stone chips, etc.

The department, on October 12, issued a notification in and said vehicles engaged in transportation of sands, stone chips etc would be confiscated if such vehicles would be found without GPS and e-lock after November 15. The department has also decided that FIRs would be lodged against the driver and owner of such vehicles. The move aims to check illegal mining and transportation of these items.

Bihar Motor Transport Federation president Uday Singh told The Telegraph on Monday: "Any such decision should have been taken by taking the transporters into confidence. However, in this case no consultation was done which is very unfortunate."

The federation president also expressed concern about the deadline set by the department and stated that at least a window of around three months should have been provided to transporters for this purpose. "I hope that the government would understand my logic and would look into the issues which I am raising."

Mines and geology minister Vinod Kumar Singh said: "Our move is aimed at checking illegal mining and taming the people engaged in this. We are committed on this front."

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