Daily commuters using cab services in Guwahati may have to face communication hurdles on October 1st, 2019 as the All Guwahati Cab Drivers’ Union have announced to stage protest against the newly amended Motor Vehicle (MV) Act in the city.
The MV Act came into force on September 1st, 2019 and has been under the eye of a storm by motorists, cab unions and the common man against its provisions including the exorbitant increase in penalties for various traffic offences. Expressing strong resentment against the law, the Cab Union has alleged “high handedness” and “harassment” by the government.
The Act which focuses to provide stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations to ensure discipline on roads came into force in Assam on September 24th, 2019.
“We cannot accept such a law. It is harassment for the common man in the name of enacting legislation. On the pretext of providing security and safety to the people, the government is looting us and generating revenue through the exorbitant penalties imposed for traffic violations,” said Ibrahim Ali, President of All Guwahati Cab Drivers Union, while speaking to Time8.
The Union leader informed that they will assemble in front of the District Transport Office, Guwahati at 11 am and submit a memorandum to the Transport Commissioner to withdraw the legislation and look into the welfare schemes of the drivers’ union.
“Instead of imposing hefty fines for the traffic violations, the government should have focused on repairing the roads,” Ali added.
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