Karnataka bandh
Road Transport and Safety Bill: Nationwide strike on ThursdayCreative Commons/Rohit Ramakrishnan

Protesting against the Road Transport and Safety Bill  2014, all road transport workers will reportedly be on a strike on Thursday, 30 April.

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Various trade unions, including All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), HMS, INTUC, LPF, BMS, AICCTU, and others have extended their support for the 24-hour-long strike, starting 12 am on Thursday.

It is said that private buses, mini buses, taxis, lorries, and trucks will be off the road on Thursday.

Latest reports from Bengaluru (Bangalore) suggest that state-owned bus transport corporations, BMTC and KSRTC, will also take part in the protest.

Auto drivers have decided to stay off the road from 6 am to 6 pm on Thursday, to protest against the strict fines mentioned in the new bill.

Thursday's strike is likely to affect those who depend on public transport.

When contacted Meru and Ola cab customer service centres in Bengaluru, they mentioned that their service will be available on Thursday. 

However, private vehicles will be exempted from the strike.

Exams cancelled

Common Entrance Test has been postponed to 12-13 May by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). And, Diploma semester exam will be conducted on 10 May.

Highlights of Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014

The recent Road Transport and Safety Bill was announced after the death of Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who passed away following a road accident in Delhi in 2014.

According to the new Bill, a person can only hold one driving licence to avoid duplication.

Penalty point system and fines will be seen in driver's record for a period of three years.

If a driver gets a total of 12 penallty points, his license will be suspended for one year.