All India Motor Transport Organization has called a nationwide strike on Tuesday opposing proposed Motor Vehicle Act amendments. The strike is called in several states paralysing everyday life as the public transport like private buses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws are likely to take part in the protest. Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has also extended its support to the transport strike, which is likely to affect normal life on Tuesday.
The Motor Vehicle Amendment bill, which is passed by the Lok Sabha and now Rajya Sabha’s approval is awaited, amends the MV act to impose stiffer penalties for violating traffic rules, to protect good Samaritans from legal harassment, a three-year imprison term for parents of minors caught driving and causing fatal accidents, and a ten-fold increase in compensation for the families of accident victims.
In Kerala, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KRCTC) will take out a token strike along with the motor vehicle strike. The decision was taken when talks between corporation employees’ joint union committee and CMD Tomin Thachankary on Monday failed to reach an agreement on various issues.
The Motor Vehicles Act Bill, if it is passed in parliament, proposes to allow private players to enter the public transport arena in a big way. The proposed law also allows the Centre to take away certain powers of the state governments.