The Transporter Association in Bhopal has begun an indefinite strike to protest against the rising prices of fuel as well as against the implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act. According to the association, around one lakh trucks, tankers and other heavy commercial vehicles will be off the road during the indefinite strike. According to one of the protestors, Avadhesh Kumar Sahu, the strike will continue until the demands are met. He added that the tax imposed on the vehicles is too high making it extremely difficult for them to run their households. Further, he urged the government to limit the tax rates. The transporters are demanding to increase the lifetime permit fee on all the old and new vehicles. They are also demanding to withdraw the five per cent VAT (tax) imposed on petrol and diesel by the state government.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM) workers had carried out a protest on September 29 in Madhya Pradesh against the rise in prices of petrol and diesel. Several people had carried out a cycle rally and staged a protest against the State Congress Government. They had stated that Chief Minister Kamal Nath had failed to fulfil his promises. According to reports, they had also stated that they will carry out the protests until their demands are met by the government.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, came into effect from September 1. The new Act was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind in the month of August. According to reports, the bill is intended to tighten road traffic regulations such as allotment of driving licence and impose stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety. Further, the act has enhanced the penalty for several offences.
(With ANI inputs)