All India Road Transport Workers’ (AIRTW) Federations have come together against the Centre’s Road Trasnport and Safety Bill 2014 that they claim will stifle their operations with more teeth to the enforment authorities and siphon off state transport authorities’ powers.
The nation-wide bandh tomorrow (Thursday, April 30, 2015) was called by the workers of public transport corporations and private buses, auto-rickshaw, taxi, mini bus, lorries and trucks, driving school, auto-workshops and spare part shops, school and college buses. In all, 7 lakh automobile workforce will join the bandh.
Terming the bill as unfair and advantageous to the private bus operators, the AIRTW, which is affiliated to CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMS, HMS, AICCTU and state trade unions among others may city and rural transportation badly tomorrow. Autos drivers’ unions in metros like Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore will also join the bandh tomorrow.
The Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014 was mooted by the Centre owing to increase in road accidents including the one involving Union Minister Gopinath Munde. The Bill seeks to ensure minimum safety standards for vehicles, roads and its users throughout the country.
A National Unified Information System New system will come into force maintaining all the details of vehicle registrations, driving licences, insurance, permits, penalties, and accidents online and no person will be allowed to hold more than one licece.
Repeated violators reaching 12 points would forfeit their licence for one year, besides tightening the fines and prison terms. Trade unions allege that the Bill will stifle the state-owned road transport undertakings which may face closure resulting in loss of employment for lakhs of people.
In view of the strike tomorrow, several admission tests including K-CET was postponed to May 12 and 13.