KARACHI – All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association strike to begin on Monday across the country and no vehicle will distribute oil to stations, the association announced on Sunday.

Shams Shahwani, Chairman All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owner Association, claimed that Motorway Police and traffic police officials have created hurdles in their distribution process in name of by implementing the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) safety regulations.

He said that owners are being forced to spend Rs1 million on every tanker in the light the new OGRA safety regulations. “Strike will go for an indefinite period until the strict policies of the government are not reviewed,” Shahwani maintained.

He said that around 85,000 tankers are used to supply oil throughout the country. The members of the tanker union asked the government to solve their demands immediately.

At least 12 oil tanker accidents occurred in the last two month. The Bahawalpur oil tanker inferno cost the lives of over 200 people. Many of the injured are still under treatment in different hospitals.

The motorway police had decided to implement on OGRA safety rules after the dreadful incident. Their strict screening has caused worries for the oil tanker owners.