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58% of India's national permit trucks start plying roads once again

  • Jun 15, 2020 | Divita S Gupta

National permit trucks start plying roads once again

When the nationwide lockdown was first imposed in March 2020, as many as 6 lakh national permit trucks were stranded on national highways. Now, in the first phase of 'Unlock', trucks have started plying across national highways once again.

As many as 8 lakh trucks viz. a whopping 58% of India's national permit truck population is back on roads. This is a significant increase from May 2020, when only 30% of national permit roads were seen moving on Indian National Highways.

The increase in truck movement also indicates a steady rise in interstate trade activity. It is also a sign of resumption of economic activities like the steady improvement in arrivals of farm produce at markets, a rise in GST e-way bills generated on the GST portal and a significant increase of throughputs at ports.

The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) hopes that national permit trucks will see a rise up to at least 70% or ten lakh national permit trucks in the near future, but this is heavily dependent on driver availability and freight volume. A number of drivers have returned to their hometowns citing lack of funds and resources to survive in cities during the lockdown. 


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Divita S Gupta
Avalara Author Divita S Gupta
Divita has served as a writer and editor for top financial services organizations in India. She has written on topics like mutual funds, insurance, taxes, SME financing for globally recognized banking and financial organizations including ICICI, Aditya Birla Group, News Corp. With a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis International University, she currently owns a small business in Mumbai.