Nationwide Transport Strike Today: Commuters Face Harrowing Experience as Buses, Taxis, School Vehicles Stay Off the Roads
Strike in Karnataka (Photo credits: ANI)

Karnataka, August 7: The nationwide transport strike announced by the All India Motor Transport Organisation has crippled normal life in several states today. Students, and office-goers are having a harrowing time because of the strike. The transportation of goods and other essential commodities is also likely to get disrupted due to the strike.

According to an ANI report, in Kerala, people are facing trouble in commuting as Kerala State Road Transport Corporation joint trade union committee is on a 24-hour token strike today against the proposed Motor Vehicle (MV) Amendment Bill. In Haryana too, the scene is no different as the Haryana Roadways State Transport is observing a one-day strike. In Bhubaneswar too, buses, and heavy vehicles stayed off the roads due to the nationwide transport strike.

The transporters demand the withdrawal of the proposed Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha and is now awaiting the Rajya Sabha’s nod. Reportedly, they even demand the removal of hike in insurance premium and restricting the price hike in petroleum products.

 

The nation-wide strike called by All India Road Transport Workers’ Association has been supported by various organisations like AITUC, CITU, INTUC, among others, except BMS. AITUC General Secretary Sethuselvam had earlier said that any amendments to the act would affect those involved in the transport sector. Sethuselvam had earlier this month informed that all buses, lorries, tempos, taxis, auto rickshaw would not ply on August 7. Apart from state-run transport services, school buses, goods carriers, autorickshaws, and taxis will stay off the roads.