A coalition of 41 transportation unions led by the United Front of Transport Association (UFTA) has called for drivers to strike in Delhi and Noida (Delhi-NCR), from 06:00 (local time) to 21:30 on Thursday, September 19, to protest against the new penalties imposed under the amended Motor Vehicle Acts (MVA).
Service on private buses, auto-rickshaws, select app-based cabs, trucks, grameen sevas (minibus), and school vans will be affected. Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses will run as usual.
Several schools in Delhi, Noida, and Ghaziabad announced they will remain closed on Thursday due to trafic disruptions and possible violence related to the strike. According to local media, protesters have been forcing passengers out of cabs in some areas of the city.
Unions warned they will call for an indefinite strike in the next days if the government fails to propose a solution.
Associated protests, road congestion, and business disruptions are expected throughout Thursday.
The amended Motor Vehicle Acts (MVA), which came into affect on Sunday, September 1, has enhanced the penalties for driving errors. These penalties are perceived as excessive by commercial drivers.
Individuals in Delhi-NCR are advised to monitor the situation, allow additional time to travel during the strike, and avoid any associated street protests as a precaution.
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