NEW DELHI: As crackdown on traffic violations under the new Motor Vehicles Act, 2019 intensifies, several transport unions are jointly holding a strike across Delhi-NCR against 'the anti-transport and trade policies' of the central and state government, on Thursday, 19 September.
The UFTA is an umbrella body which represents 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger segments.
Many schools are also likely to remain closed in Delhi-NCR on Thursday due to the transport strike. Although the administration or the governments have not issued any advisory or order in this regard, the schools have announced closure due to unavailability of buses by private operators.
The UFTA has listed a number of issues post the implementation of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 which, the association said, instigated them to call for the strike.
UFTA has raised these issues in their strike to stimulate the government
1) Exorbitant hike in penalties post the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 2019.
2) Limiting the liability of insurance companies in Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) claims, in case of an accident by a commercial vehicle.
3) Irrational and unviable increase in the rates of income tax, vide sec 44-AE, for HGVs (heavy goods vehicles).
4) Implementation of social security schemes for drivers and their families of CVs with insurance cover, as promised by the Central government.
The UFTA office bearers on Wednesday alleged that both the Centre and the Delhi government is forcing them to go on 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," said UFTA general secretary Shyamlal Gola.
He added the road transport sector is already passing through its worst phase due to rising economic uncertainties, exorbitant taxes and penalties and corruption. "The exorbitant and unviable penalties imposed through the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019 have increased the corruption, high handedness and harassment of vehicle owners and drivers," he charged.