All Assam Day-Night Super Bus Drivers' Union Declares 48-Hour Strike Against New Hit-and-Run Law

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Thursday, January 04, 2024
All Assam Day-Night Super Bus Drivers' Union Declares 48-Hour Strike Against New Hit-and-Run Law
Protesting Against New Legislation, Assam Bus Drivers Union Calls for Immediate Revisions
Guwahati, 4 January, 24: In a bold move, the All Assam Day-Night Super Bus Drivers' Union has declared a 48-hour suspension of bus services across the state, raising concerns about the recent implementation of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 by the Centre.

This decision serves as a direct response to the stringent provisions introduced under the new law, particularly focusing on hit-and-run cases. One of the major contentions is the classification of causing death by rash and negligent driving as a non-bailable offense, enabling the arrest of drivers without the need for a warrant or court permission.

Rupam Dutta, an adviser to the union, voiced worries about the potential impact on drivers' families if they are incarcerated without a court conviction. This has ignited concerns about the demotivation of drivers to continue their services under these circumstances.

The transport industry, already grappling with a driver shortage, fears that these provisions could exacerbate the problem, leading to disruptions in supply chains. The union is urging a reconsideration of the legislation and a more inclusive approach that takes industry perspectives into account.

Scheduled for January 5th and 6th, 2024, the strike is poised to have far-reaching consequences. If the government does not address the union's concerns and revoke the act, the All Assam Day-Night (P) Super Bus Driver Union has threatened to permanently halt commercial vehicle operations following the walkout. This move is anticipated to impact passenger and freight transportation across the entire North East region.

The situation has gained prominence, with the Union Home Secretary set to meet with protesting truckers in the evening to delve into the issue. Truck drivers have also expressed their discontent with the new law on hit-and-run cases. The collective unrest among transport workers marks a critical juncture for the industry, with potential ramifications for the economy and daily life in Assam and the broader North East region.