New Delhi, Sep 19: Citizens of Delhi and Noida are facing massive problems commuting on Thursday as transport associations have called for a strike in wake of the steep hike in fines and penalties for violation of traffic rules following the amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act.
The federation leaders demanded withdrawing of the provisions of the amended act such as steeply hiked penalties and limiting liability of insurer to Rs. 5 lakh, besides demanding perks such as insurance and medical facilities, and an increase in free parking times at airports and train stations.
As many as 34 transport associations, including taxis, auto-rickshaws, private school buses, maxi cabs, app bases cab services such as OLA and Uber, cluster buses of State Transport Authority, large commercial vehicles and Gramin Seva services have called for a 16-hour strike from 6 am to 10 pm.
Airlines such as Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir have asked fliers to plan their travel to the airport fearing autos and cabs services could be affected.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which came into effect on September 1, made several changes to traffic fines, toughening the penalty for violations like not wearing a seat belt, jumping red light and drunk driving.
Many states have refused to enforce the amended Motor Vehicles Act . BJP-ruled Gujarat was the first to slash the fines, some to as low as 10 per cent of the amount in the new rules.