After truckers, Delhi Taxi Drivers Unite in Protest Against Stringent Hit-and-Run Penal Law
NEW DELHI (DT) – One day following a nationwide protest by truck drivers against a new penal provision in hit-and-run cases, leading to panic buying of fuel in various states, taxi driver associations took to the streets in the national capital on Wednesday. This protest unfolded despite assurances from the Home Ministry received on Tuesday.
The protesters, armed with banners and slogans, voice their concerns regarding the implications of the new law on their profession. Many argue that the stringent penalties may disproportionately affect drivers who might face unforeseen circumstances while on the road.
The protest has garnered attention from both local residents and policymakers, sparking a renewed dialogue on the balance between road safety and fair treatment of drivers. Authorities are urged to engage in discussions with the protesting drivers to address their grievances and find a middle ground that ensures safety without unduly burdening those in the transportation industry.
As the demonstration gains momentum, the city anticipates further developments in the ongoing dialogue between taxi drivers and relevant authorities, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in shaping fair and effective legislation. Stay tuned for updates on this evolving situation.
Hundreds of transporters gathered at Jantar Mantar to voice their objections to the recently proposed section in the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita bill. According to the new clause, an individual could be subjected to a maximum penalty of 10 years if they flee the scene of an accident.
Various transport unions, such as the Delhi Auto Taxi Transport Congress, All Drivers’ Kalyan, Safety Driver Sangathan from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, All Driver Kalyan Sangh, Maharashtra Rickshaw Panchal, and All India Auto Taxi Transport Sangathan, actively participated in the protest.