Delhi-NCR Transport Strike Live News Updates: Transport unions in Delhi and National Capital Region have called for a day-long strike on Thursday to protest against the hefty fines under the amended Motor Vehicles Act. Supported by sections of cab aggregators, cluster buses, auto unions and truckers, the strike has been called to protest against the exorbitant increase in penalties and limiting third party liability of insurance that have come into force with the new Motor Vehicles Act.
The strike, called by the United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA), comprising around 41 transport associations, will remain in force from 6 am to 10 pm, disrupting the public transport network through the day, UFTA convenor Rajender Kapoor said.
Several private schools in Delhi-NCR will remain shut today due to the transport strike. Some will open on Saturday instead.
The new Motor Vehicles Act rules propose a 10-fold increase in fines for offences like traffic violations, drunk driving, driving without a helmet, driving without seat belts and overloading. While a few states have adopted the Act in its entirety, several states have put it on hold and some like Uttarakhand and Gujarat have announced a cut in penalties for traffic violations under the amended law.
A day-long transport strike, supported by sections of cab aggregators, cluster buses, auto unions and truckers, is likely to throw life out of gear in Delhi-NCR. Follow LIVE updates here
The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act has waded into controversy with multiple states accusing the Centre of burdening the common man with heavy fines. The Act, which came into effect from September 1, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring discipline on roads.
The government has notified 63 provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019, including the ones dealing with enhanced penalties for various traffic offences, from September 1. The new rules also enhance the penalty for drunken driving to imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for the second offence. Besides, the penalty for driving without a license will be increased from up to Rs 500 to Rs 5,000. Fine for not wearing a seatbelt would attract a fine of Rs 1,000 as against Rs 100 at present. The over-speeding penalty has been increased from Rs 400 to Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.