The Escorts Abolition Coordination Committee (EACC) formed by the all district/taluk transport member associations of AIMTC in Maharashtra has called for a state-wise 'chakka jam' ( strike) from the midnight of July 15, 2014 in protest against the inordinate delay in abolishing Escort fees in Maharashtra.
Truck trade functionaries said that Maharashtra had failed to abolish Escort charges despite several past promises. An Escort is a person who used to accompany a truck on behalf of local Municipal authorities like the BMC to ensure that goods entering the municipal limit are not off loaded within the municipal limit.
On July 9 a high level AIMTC delegation led by former president Malkit Singh Bal met JS Sahariya, chief secretary, government of Maharashtra to resolve the impasse, but the talks failed. A statement from the AIMTC added that all in-bound and out-bound transportation activity will come to a standstill from the midnight of July 15, 2014 if the government did not abolish Escort fees from the state.