New Delhi, Aug 7: Normal life in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka is likely to be affected due to the statewide strike called by Transport Corporations today. The strike has been called to protest against Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017. (ALSO READ: Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill Passed in Lok Sabha) Also Read - No restriction on Accessing Any Website in Jammu and Kashmir: Centre Tells Lok Sabha
Vehicles including private buses, autorickshaws, taxis, freight vehicles and most of the KSRTC buses, will remain off the road. Reportedly, mobile app-based taxi aggregators Ola and Uber have also extended their support to the strike call. It is expected that commuters are likely to face some problems in commuting to their destinations today. However, the buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will ply normally. Also Read - Rs 2000 Notes News: Has Centre Decided to Discontinue Printing of Rs 2000 Notes? This is What Modi Govt Said | Read Here
As per the report, automobile showrooms, automobile spare parts shops and driving school owners and staff will also be participating in the protest. This is the second time that the transport unions are holding an agitation against the proposed amendments in the bill. Also Read - Farm Bills 2020: Haryana Home Minister Hits Out at Kejriwal, Asks Him What Provisions of Bills Benefit Corporates
What is the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017?
The proposed Bill, which aims to amend the 30-year-old Motor Vehicle Act, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August 2016 and was passed by it on April 10 last year. And it is now awaiting Rajya Sabha’s nod.
The bill had proposed 89 clauses for amendment out of which only 57 were accepted by the Parliament Standing Committee on Transport, headed by Mukul Roy. The bill specifically targets traffic offenders with stringent penal provisions. The bill has identified priority areas for improving road safety. Stricter penalties are proposed for high-risk offences such as drunken driving, dangerous driving, overloading, non-adherence to safety norms by drivers (such as the use of seat belt, helmets).
The bill provides for facilitating delivery of services to the citizens and transporters. In the accidental death cases arising from a hit and run accidents, the bill proposes an increase of compensation to Rs 2 lakh, an eight-fold increase over current.