Transport strike in Delhi today

Photo by Abhinav Saha (The Indian Express)

Commuters in the national capital will be facing many problems travelling today due to the one-day transport strike. Transport unions have called for the strike to protest against the hefty fines imposed under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act 2019.

The United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) is protesting against RFID tags issued to commercial vehicles. A large number of auto-rickshaws, cluster scheme buses, taxis, and Grameen Sewa vehicles joined the one-day protest. As many as 2.4 lakh app-based cab service providers of Uber and Ola also supported the Delhi transport strike called by different transport unions.

Most of the schools and colleges remained closed on Thursday as private school cabs and buses took part in the strike. Cab and school bus owners informed parents about the strike via SMS and phone calls. Traffic in Delhi came to a grinding halt after 34 transport associations under the banner of United Front of Transporters Association (UFTA) went on a mass strike.

Reports said only 3,781 buses owned by the DTC will ply on the roads while the Delhi Metro will witness a sudden spike in footfalls today. Some of the 1,704 cluster buses may not offer their service today.

Several other transport associations have boycotted strike call given by the UFTA. They said keeping in view the growing number of traffic violations and hit-and-run cases the government has taken the step in the right direction. Welcoming the government’s initiative, they said only willful violators and corrupt people will pay a hefty fine while the honest won’t face any problem…If you own a vehicle or bike you must possess valid papers as per the law.

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