State / Delhi-NCR transport on strike today against New Motor Vehicles act: Schools, Colleges closed

The Hindu : Sep 19, 2019, 11:20 AM

Delhi-NCR transport goes on strike today against New Motor Vehicles act. Schools and Colleges declared holiday, bus and auto services get affected.

Office-goers faced difficulties in reaching their workplaces on Thursday morning as several private buses, taxis and autorickshaws remained off the roads due to a strike called by the UFTA against the amended Motor Vehicle Act provisions.

Many schools in the national capital remained closed due to the strike.

The services of Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses remained unaffected.

United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) general secretary Shyamlal Gola said over 50 transport associations and unions in Delhi-NCR were taking part in the strike.

The UFTA is demanding withdrawal of the steep hike in road traffic penalties and certain other provisions of the new Motor Vehicles Act.

Kishore Lal, a government employee, said he had to take the metro as the daily chartered bus from his residential colony to his office did not ply.

“We waited for 15 minutes but the bus did not come. So we are taking the metro now,” Mr. Lal, whose office is at the CGO complex, said.

The DTC buses were more crowded than usual due to the extra load of passengers.

Some autorickshaws were also seen ferrying passengers. Kishan Chand, an autorickshaw driver, said this could be because the night shift ended at 8 am. The autorickshaws would stop ferrying passengers as the day progressed, he added.