Transport unions' to protest at Jantar Mantar against new provisions on hit-and-run

"We will hold a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar. These laws have the power to ruin families and are akin to capital punishment" said president of the All Dilli Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union

Thousands of truckers have been  protesting against the new Motor Vehicles Act, causing major disruptions on highways. (photo: @amsoz/X)
Thousands of truckers have been protesting against the new Motor Vehicles Act, causing major disruptions on highways. (photo: @amsoz/X)
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Transport unions from across the country will join a protest at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, 3 January against the new penal law on hit-and-run cases.

Kishan Verma, president of the All Dilli Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union, said the government should have consulted the stakeholders before finalising these laws.

"We will hold a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar. These laws have the power to ruin families and are akin to capital punishment. Drivers don't hit and run over people deliberately. Sometimes they flee the spot due to the fear of getting attacked by the people. Transport unions from across the country will be joining the protest," Verma told PTI.

The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will also participate in the protest on Wednesday and will host another gathering at Rajghat on Thursday, 4 January.

"We will hold a peaceful gathering at Rajghat on Thursday. Unions cutting across party lines will be involved in these gatherings," Rajendra Soni of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh said.

Soni, who is also associated with the transport union of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, said they will be forced to go on a strike if a solution is not reached.

Truckers have been protesting since Monday against the stringent provision under the recently enacted Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) which imposes a punishment of up to 10 years or a fine of Rs 7 lakh if the driver flees in a hit-and-run case without informing the police.

The protest has also impacted supply of fuel as motorists formed long queues outside petrol stations triggering a panic-buying spree. 

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Published: 03 Jan 2024, 8:27 AM
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