NEW DELHI: Thousands of commuters are likely to face hardships in the national capital region on Thursday as transport unions have given a call for a day-long strike call against various provisions of the newly amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, including the steep hike in penalties for various traffic-related offences.
Several schools and educational institutions will remain shut in Delhi and the adjoining National Capital Region as a large number of auto-rickshaws, taxis, App-based cab operators - Ola and Uber - and commercial buses will remain off the roads on Thursday.
Giving a call for a day-long strike, 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 a one-day strike," UFTA general secretary Shyamlal Gola said.
UFTA office-bearers said that the road transport sector is already passing through its worst phase due to rising economic uncertainties, exorbitant taxes and penalties and corruption.
The transport unions are demanding immediate withdrawal of the provisions of the amended Act such as steeply hiked penalties and limiting the liability of the insurer to Rs 5 lakh, among others.