Trade unions oppose amendments to Motor Vehicle Act

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Trade unions in Andhra Pradesh have opposed the Central government’s move to amend the existing Motor Vehicle Act. The State government had already prepared the draft Motor Vehicle Bill 2016 and sent it for approval of Parliament Standing Committee.

AITUC State president Ch V Rama Rao said that the new Act would cripple the transport activity in the country. He said that the government had proposed heavy penalty for the drivers in case of accidents and violation of traffic rules. He said that the government had adopted some of the provisions of the similar Acts from developed countries without taking into consideration the existing road conditions in India and the skill of the drivers. The proposals like heavy penalization and imprisonment would go against the interests of the transport sector, he said at a round table meeting convened to oppose the Bill.

CITU State general secretary and former legislator MA Gafoor, regretted that the amendments would harm the interests of the transport sector in the country. Some of the clauses proposed would have adverse impact on the owners and drivers of the vehicles starting from an auto to the truck, he added.

Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners Association general secretary YV Eswara Rao called upon the owners and drivers to oppose the amendments. He also appealed to the political parties to oppose the bill. He requested the MPs to vote against the amendments as the new Act would hit the transport sector in the country.

INTUC leader B Venkata Subbaiah, HMS leader Hussain, BMS leader Saibabu, IFTU leader Prasada Rao, APSRTC Staff and Workers Federation leader Sundaraiah, CITU leader Muzafar Ahmmad and others also spoke.

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