Daily commuters may face hardship today as transport associations in Delhi and Noida have called for a one-day strike to protest against the steep hike in penalties under new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act.
Several private schools in the national capital will remain closed today. Even the examinations scheduled for today have been postponed in the wake of the transport strike in Delhi. United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA), which represents 41 associations and several other unions of goods and passenger segments, called a one-day token strike on Thursday from 6 am-10 pm.
All the major associations who run trucks, buses, autos, tempos, maxi-cabs and taxis in Delhi and Noida have joined the one-day protest. Cluster, private buses, auto-rickshaws, a section of app-based cabs, trucks, grameen sevas and school vans will be off the roads. Major airlines have also issued travel advisories for passengers flying today.
UFTA general secretary Shyamlal Gola said over 50 transport associations and unions in Delhi-NCR were taking part in the strike.
"Our main demand is that the exorbitant penalties under the amended MV Act should be reviewed," Harish Sabharwal, chairman, UFTA, had said.
All you need to know about today's transport strike:
1.Several private schools like The Shriram Millennium School, Apeejay School, Bal Bharati Public School in Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, and Shiv Nadar School in Noida, Mount Abu Public School in Rohini, and Modern Public School in Shalimar Bagh have declared a holiday on Thursday.
2. UFTA is protesting against the hefty penalties for road traffic violations under the recently amended Motor Vehicles Act. "While the government has increased the fines, it has not supported it with any infrastructure. Why do we still not have any scientific evidence of challans?" asked UFTA chairman.
3. Noida Transport United Front also called for a strike on Thursday alongside cab associations, CNG auto associations and bus operators. Around 50,000 transport vehicles are expected to stay off the roads.
4. The taxi services, including app-based cab services like Ola and Uber, across Delhi and Noida will also be affected today as cab associations have joined the one-day strike. "We have listed some demands. The government is not ready to listen to our demands, so we have no other choice but to go on strike," stated Noida cabs association president Yogesh Verma.
5. All the major airlines IndiGo, Air Asia, Vistara have notified passengers about the ongoing transport strike in Delhi to avoid any disruption. "We're anticipating transport disruptions due to the transport strike in #Delhi tomorrow, 19th Sept'19. Passengers travelling to/from Delhi airport are requested to make their arrangements accordingly," tweeted IndiGo.
6. The token protest is to highlight the hefty penalties and Section 44AE of Income Tax Act, said UFTA. They are unhappy with the ₹5 lakh cap on the payment of vehicular insurance by insurance providers. UFTA also demands legislations on health insurance of drivers, ANI repoted.
7. The total expected per day loss in revenue of the transporters owing to the strike is going to be about ₹23,000 crore.
8. Transport unions blamed both the centre and the Delhi government for strike.