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Vehicles stay off roads in Odisha, commuters affected

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Normal life was affected today as buses, taxi and auto-remained off roads in support of a nationwide strike called by the unions, a said.

The protesters demanded the withdrawal of the proposed Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha recently and is waiting for the Rajya Sabha's nod.

All Odisha Workers' Federation (AOTWF) along with other trade unions, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Union (AITUC), observed a 12-hour strike today to protest against the provisions of Amendment Bill, the said.

"Though commercial vehicles remained off the roads, school buses, ambulances and milk vans were exempted from the purview of the strike. Even then, some school buses refused to ply on roads, fearing backlash by the agitators," he added.

The will hamper the interests of vehicle owners, drivers and companies, a member of AOTWF claimed.

"We demand withdrawal of the decision to make amendments to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The is anti-people as it proposes the use of spare parts manufactured by branded companies. If passed by the Parliament, it would badly affect the small-scale enterprises in automobile manufacturing sector," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:35 IST
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