Transporters and drivers have called off the strike after government assurances. For the past two days, the drivers and transporters have been on strike against the new provisions in the hit-and-run law. The Central Government of India has passed the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita, 2023, and the Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill, 2023.
The drivers and transporters are not happy with the new provision of hit-and-run under Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita. In various states, transporters blocked roads and were protesting against the new law.
As per the new provisions of the hit-and-run case, drivers failing to report or fleeing from an accident scene may face a 10-year punishment or an Rs. 7 lakh penalty. Earlier, this punishment was a 2-year penalty outlined in the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Transport Strike Update
The drivers have called off the strike. Earlier the protesting drivers said that the strike will persist until the end of the day on January 3rd.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has given assurance to drivers that their perspectives will be taken into account before the enforcement of the new law regarding hit-and-run cases. In a meeting with representatives from the All India Motor Transport Congress, who declared a strike against imprisonment and fines under the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita (BNS) for such cases, the Home Secretary conveyed his commitment to considering the concerns of drivers.
Malkhit Singh, the Chairman of the core committee of the All India Motor Transport Congress, highlighted that India is already grappling with a 27% shortage of truck drivers. He expressed concerns that regulations like these could exacerbate this existing challenge.
Will Petrol Pump be Closed for 4 Days?
Contrary to various reports suggesting a four-year closure of petrol pumps, this information is inaccurate. However, the drivers’ strike has indeed disrupted the supply of petrol and diesel.
Chetan Modi, President of the Bombay Petrol Dealers Association, earlier clarified to the media that major dealers and petrol pump owners have stocked up a surplus supply for 3–4 days. Unfortunately, smaller dealers, constrained by credit limitations and lacking storage facilities, were unable to do the same.
Numerous petrol pumps across India are facing shortages of fuels due to the protest. The Mumbai Petrol Association warned earlier warned that this strike could potentially lead to a 50% reduction in the supply of petrol and diesel in Mumbai only.