30 April, New Delhi
The national level road transport organisations have jointly called for a nation-wide day-long strike that began midnight Wednesday in protest against the proposed new road transport bill.
The strike has been called jointly by both public and private sector workers which are affiliated to central trade unions like All India Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, INTUC, AICCTU, and state-level outfits. In the proposed Road Safety bill, hefty fines have been proposed for minor traffic violation.
Services of public buses and auto rickshaws were affected in different parts of Karnataka today due to the nationwide strike called by transport sector workers in protest against the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015.
Incidents of stone pelting on public buses were reported from different parts of the state including Bengaluru, Hubballi, Bellary and Raichur, Mysuru, official reports said. The day-long strike has been called jointly by national level road transport organisations representing both public and private sector workers.
Availability of both Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation remained scarce with their respective workers union supporting the strike against the Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015 prepared by central government.
The nationwide strike called by various transport unions against a proposed Central bill did not affect normal life in Tamil Nadu as a majority of vehicles, including government buses were plying. Police said government buses were plying as usual even as a section of private buses, lorries and auto-rickshaws kept off the road.
Various transport unions are opposed to various provisions including obtaining fitness certificates even for light motor vehicles regularly even as they are up in arms against the stringent penalties proposed for road accidents.
In the national capital, number of transport sector unions, including Delhi Auto-rickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and a section of DTC employees are extending their support to the strike. However, the Delhi Government has assured the strike will not affect the transport sector and the usual number of Delhi Transport Corporation buses will ply on the roads.