Transport strike in Delhi today against amended Motor Vehicles act, several schools shut

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Transport unions in Delhi have called for a day-long strike on Thursday to protest against various provisions of the amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.

Several schools across the city will remain closed today.

The strike has been called by the United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA).

Transport unions said both the centre and the Delhi government had forced them for a strike.

The UFTA is an umbrella body representing 41 associations and unions of goods and passenger segments, including trucks, buses, autos, tempos and taxis plying in the Delhi-NCR region, sources said.

Transport bodies said the token strike was against the amended Motor Vehicles Act.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is based on the recommendations of the Group of Transport Ministers (GoM) of States constituted by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to address the issue of road safety and to improve the facilitation of the citizens while dealing with transport departments. 

The amendments in the Bill mainly focus on issues relating to citizens’ facilitation while dealing with the transport department, improving road safety, strengthening rural transport, last mile connectivity and public transport, automation and computerization and enabling online services.