Truck Drivers Strike called off
The All India Motor Transport Association (AIMTC) resolved to put an end to the countrywide truck drivers’ protests over the new hit-and-run rule during a meeting with Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. The administration gave the transport body’s members the assurance that the new legislation have not yet been put into effect and won’t be until after consulting with the AIMTC.
“Everything has been settled after our meeting to consider the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita’s provisions. The AIMTC chairman, Malkit Singh Bal, stated that the new legislation have not yet been put into effect and will only be done so after consulting the AIMTC.
According to the transport body, all truck drivers must resume work as the strike is expected to finish shortly.
Truck drivers have vowed to go on strike in protest of the new Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita criminal code, which increases the penalty for hit-and-run incidents. According to the new regulations, a truck driver who flees an accident scene or does not notify the authorities of the occurrence faces a maximum 10-year jail sentence or a fine of ₹7 lakh. Two years in prison was the penalty under the previous Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“We had a discussion with All India Motor Transport Congress representatives, govt want to say that the new rule has not been implemented yet, we all want to say that before implementing Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 106/2, we will have a discussion with All India Motor Transport Congress representatives and then only we will take a decision,” Ajay Bhalla, the Union Home Secretary, said.
Many states saw disruption as a result of the nationwide truck drivers’ strike, as citizens engaged in “panic buying,” believing that supplies would run out. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the drivers’ protest, several gas stations nationwide experienced a fuel shortage as customers waited in line to obtain fuel supplies.