From our correspondent
Guwahati, February 11, 2018
In what could bring transport to a standstill, All Assam Motor Workers’ Joint Council has extended their support to the 24-hour nationwide chakka bandh called by All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation on Monday.
The council said all private buses, trucks and taxis will remain off the road from 5am tomorrow in protest against the Centre’s move to pass the Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2016, and amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, without provisions for the transport workers’ welfare.
The unions have been demanding pension, medical benefits for their families, financial aid for education of their children and providing training to drivers and helpers of the vehicles. They are also demanding rollback of the increase in third-party insurance premium, vehicle registration fee, including renewal fees for permit, fitness certificate and licence imposed by the regional transport offices in different states as envisaged in the transport bill.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has also proposed stringent punishment and hefty fines for violation of road traffic rules. These stiff provisions will ensure compliance with the law but there is no corresponding welfare benefits for the transport workers, complained the unions.
Taxis run by Uber and Ola are also likely to be following the bandh as All Cab Operators’ Union also extended their support. They are opposing deduction of 26 per cent of the income of the cab drivers by Ola and Uber, beside other “harassment.”