Transport strike in NCR today against new traffic-rules

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19 Sep 2019

Transport strike in Delhi/NCR today against amended Motor Vehicles Act

Commuters in Delhi/NCR are likely to face problems on Thursday as a day-long transport strike has been called by the United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) to protest against the amended Motor Vehicles Act.

The outfit is raising its voice against the steep traffic fines which were imposed from September 1.

The impact of the strike was seen immediately as several schools remained shut.

Act

First, let's tell you a bit about the Act

First, let's tell you a bit about the Act

Spearheaded by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, the amended Act hopes to make country's roads safer, by levying heavy fines on traffic offenders.

Since its implementation, fines for offenses, like drunk-driving, not wearing a seat belt, and not carrying proper documents, have increased substantially.

However, some states, like Gujarat, have decided to reduce fines, while others, like West Bengal, decided against introducing the Act.

Strike

From 6 am till 10 pm, commuters will face inconvenience

UFTA, which comprises nearly 41 transport associations, doesn't agree with the heavy fines and called for a strike to lodge a protest. The token strike will remain in force from 6 am to 10 pm, and is bound to affect the daily routine of Delhi/NCR residents.

The outfit's convener Rajender Kapoor asked why hasn't Delhi government, led by Arvind Kejriwal, slashed the penalties.

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Kapoor added meetings didn't yield any results

"We had marathon meetings at offices of both Gadkari and Kejriwal on Tuesday. The CM himself wasn't present in meeting for more than five minutes, but we were made to hold parleys with their legal team. But the deadlock could not be resolved," he said.

Demands

The federation has other demands as well

Apart from a reduction in steep fines, the federation is also demanding benefits like medical facilities, insurance, as well as an increase in free parking time at railway stations and airports.

He added they have been seeking redressal from both Centre and state regarding the Act for the last 15 days, but no concrete steps were taken, "forcing them" to go on strike.

Reason

The hefty fines are affecting livelihood: UFTA President

Meanwhile, UFTA President Kultaran Singh Atwal said no one is listening to them. He added they had welcomed the Act initially, but it has now started affecting their livelihood.

"You've seen the hefty challans that are being issued for very petty violations. A vehicle is suddenly halted and huge challan is issued which the drivers are unable to pay," he told India Today.

Impact

Delhi Metro and buses will remain overcrowded today

Delhi Metro and buses will remain overcrowded today

Courtesy the strike, a large number of autos, Ola/Uber cabs, and private buses will stay off the roads on Thursday. This means Delhi Metro and buses will face the heat.

DTC buses, whose fleet is around 3,796, might struggle to meet the rise in demand.

To note, Air Asia issued an advisory on Twitter asking fliers to plan their arrival at airport wisely.

Request you to plan commute accordingly: Air Asia

Schools

Meanwhile, schools asked parents to arrange transport

Several schools, like Noida's Shiv Nadar School, Rohini's Mount Abu Public School, and Modern Public School in Shalimar Bagh, declared a holiday.

The institutes which decided to function normally asked parents to arrange transport for their wards.

"We have sent a message to the students that transport won't be plying but the school remains open," Suman Kumar, principal of Bluebells School International, told TOI.

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Will Ola and Uber cabs be available in Delhi today?

Asked 2019-09-19 09:23:56 by Pranav Lobo

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Ola and Uber have lent support to the strike and you may face a difficulty finding cabs.

When will the strike end?

Asked 2019-09-19 09:23:56 by Pranav Pillai

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The strike will end at 10 pm on Thursday.

Who called for the strike?

Asked 2019-09-19 09:23:56 by Shreyas Chopra

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The strike was called by United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA).

When was new Motor Vehicles Act implemented?

Asked 2019-09-19 09:23:56 by Charvi Yadav

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The new Motor Vehicles Act was implemented from September 1.

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