Delhi-NCR Transport Strike Highlights: The Noida Police arrested 18 people for forcible stopping vehicles and taking away their keys amid the ongoing strike. Six men each were held in Sector 49 and Sector 24 police station areas, while three each were arrested from Phase 2 and Phase 3 police station areas, news agency PTI quoted a Noida administration official said.
Commuters in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) faced difficulties as transport unions in the areas remained off the roads as they called for a day-long strike on Thursday to protest against the hefty fines under the newly-amended Motor Vehicles Act.
Supported by sections of cab aggregators, cluster buses, auto unions and truckers, the strike has been called to protest against the exorbitant increase in penalties and limiting third party liability of insurance that have come into force with the new Motor Vehicles Act.
The strike, called by the United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA), comprising around 41 transport associations, will remain in force from 6 am to 10 pm, disrupting the public transport network through the day, UFTA convenor Rajender Kapoor said.
The new Motor Vehicles Act rules propose a 10-fold increase in fines for offences like traffic violations, drunk driving, driving without a helmet, driving without seat belts and overloading. While a few states have adopted the Act in its entirety, several states have put it on hold and some like Uttarakhand and Gujarat have announced a cut in penalties for traffic violations under the amended law.