New Delhi, September 19: Delhiites and people coming to Delhi from Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and other nearby cities had a tough time in reaching their destination due to a strike called by private transport unions to protest against the new Motor Vehicles Act. Due to the strike, private buses, Ola, Uber and auto-rickshaws remained off the roads in the Delhi-NCR, adding to travel woes of people in the national capital. New Motor Vehicles Act: List of States Where Hefty Fines Are Not Enforced.
Videos surfaced in which groups of agitating transport workers were seen stopping cabs and auto-rickshaws and forcing passengers to leave the vehicles. While privates transport services were suspended, Delhi Metro and DTC buses were more crowded than usual due to the extra load of passengers. Kishore Lal, a government employee, said that he had to catch the metro as the daily chartered bus from his residential colony to his office did not ply. Gujarat Man Escapes Traffic Penalty Under New Motor Vehicles Act Because His Head is Too Big to Fit in Helmet.
"We waited for 15 minutes but the bus did not come. So we are taking the metro now," Lal, whose office is at the CGO complex, told News18. Several schools declared a holiday for today in view of the transport strike. "Most of the schools have announced off due to strike of transporters and preparatory leave of ongoing exams," a representative for an association of private schools was quoted by PTI as saying.
The United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA), which called the protest, blamed both the Centre and Delhi government for the strike. The UFTA is an umbrella body representing 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger transport services in the Delhi-NCR region.
"We have been seeking redressal of our grievances related to the new MV Act from both the Centre and the Delhi government for the last 15 days, but no solution is there in sight, forcing us to go on a one-day strike," UFTA general secretary Shyamlal Gola told news agency PTI. "The exorbitant and unviable penalties imposed through the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019 has increased the corruption, high handedness and harassment of vehicle owners and drivers," he added.
The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations. Under the new Act, the minimum penalty for driving without licence has been increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 500. Similarly, fines for violating other traffic rules have also been raised significantly.