The federation leaders supported by cab aggregators like Ola and Uber,demanded withdrawing of the provisions of the amended Act such as steeply hiked penalties and limiting liability of insurer to Rs 5 lakh, among others.
New Delhi, Sept 19: Several schools will be closed in Delhi on Thursday and commuters could face problems because of a one-day transport strike called against the steep hike in traffic fines. Transport bodies said the "token strike" was against the amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.
The strike has been called by the United Front of Transport Associations or UFTA which represents 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger segments including trucks, buses, autos and taxis in the Delhi NCR region, news agency PTI reported.
Commuters are seen facing hardships in the national capital on Thursday as the two leading app-based cab aggregators Ola, Uber and local transport is hardly available for the local travel.
The federation leaders supported by cab aggregators like Ola and Uber,demanded withdrawing of the provisions of the amended Act such as steeply hiked penalties and limiting liability of insurer to Rs 5 lakh, among others. President Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association Sanjay Samrat said they will not be part of the strike.
More than two lakh private vehicles, including autos and cluster buses, are likely to be off roads on Thursday.
Noida Transport United Front has also called for a strike on Thursday alongside CNG auto associations, bus operators and cab associations.
United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) office bearers on Wednesday alleged that both the Centre and the Delhi government is forcing them to go for the strike.“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 is sight forcing us to go on one-day strike,” UFTA general secretary Shyamlal Gola told PTI.
Schools in the National Capital Region will remain closed. Many parents received messages from their children’s schools informing them that educational institutes will be closed on Thursday.
Some schools have decided to postpone exams that were scheduled to be held on Thursday and many have extended their preparatory leaves.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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