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Truckers call off strike after govt. assurance on hit-and-run law

The new law provides for heavy penalties for hit-and-run cases, which include a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of Rs 7 lakh.

The truck driver’s association has called off its nationwide protest opposing a new hit-and-run law following a meeting with government officials.

The government told members of the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) that the new law had not been implemented yet. They were also assured that a decision would only be taken in consultation with AIMTC representatives.

The trucker’s agitation entered the second day on January 2, causing massive disruptions in fuel supplies. Around 2,000 petrol pumps in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab are said to have run out of stock, while long queues were witnessed at others. The supply of fruits, vegetables and milk was also affected by the strike.

What is the new Hit-and-Run law?

The new Bhartiya Nyay Sanhita (BNS) was passed during the winter session of the parliament. It replaces the British-era Indian Penal Code (IPC). The new law provides for heavy penalties for hit-and-run cases, which include a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of Rs 7 lakh.

Truckers argue that drivers choose to run away from the scene of the accident, fearing mob justice. They believe that it would be unfair to punish the drivers, while the mobs usually go unpunished.

Source: Moneycontrol

 
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