petrol bunk strike hyderabad|petrol bunk strike in telangana today:Oil tanker operators reportedly called off the strike on Tuesday evening, raising hopes of an end to the fuel shortage in Hyderabad.G Vinay Kumar, President of the Telangana State Petrol Dealers Association, stated that the situation at fuel stations in the city might normalize by Wednesday noon with the resumption of supply.
Long queues formed at petrol pumps across Hyderabad on Tuesday as reportedly a result of the ongoing protests by truck drivers against a provision in the new penal law related to hit-and-run accidents. The protests have led to a disruption in the supply of petrol and diesel across the state, impacting fuel availability in the city.G Vinay Kumar, President of the Telangana State Petrol Dealers Association, highlighted the cessation of petrol and diesel supply due to the truck drivers’ strike.
Petrol Strike in Telangana
Petrol pumps in Hyderabad, and other cities across the country, are experiencing long queues as people rush to fill their vehicle tanks amid fears of a fuel shortage due to truck driver protests against a provision in the new penal law for hit-and-run accident cases involving motorists.
Under the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, replacing the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, drivers causing a serious road accident by negligent driving and fleeing without informing the police or administration officials could face up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of Rs 7 lakh.
Why Are Truck Drivers and Owners on Strike?
Truckers, taxi, and bus operators initiated a nationwide strike to protest against the newly-passed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, which imposes a 7 lakh penalty and a 10-year jail term for hit-and-run cases. The All India Motor Transport Congress argues that these provisions, yet to come into force, could lead to undue harassment and must be recalled.
With over 70% of trucks, tempos, and containers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region staying off the roads, the three-day strike is expected to disrupt fuel distribution and impact the supply of fruits and vegetables in the coming days.
Before the enactment of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the penalty for causing death by negligence was limited to 2 years under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The truck owners’ association contends that, regardless of culpability, larger vehicle drivers are often unfairly booked in accidents.
How many days is a truck driver strike?
Some truck, bus and tanker operators began a three-day strike on Monday against the stringent jail and fine regulations under the new criminal law Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita (BNS) for hit-and-run cases.
Why is there truck strike?
Truckers across the country are on a three-day strike beginning Tuesday against the stringent provisions of the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita for rash and negligent driving.
Why do drivers protest?
The ongoing protests stem from discontent with the BNS, which replaced the colonial-era Indian Penal Code. The law prescribes strict penalties, including up to 10 years in prison and a corresponding fine for drivers causing serious accidents who then flee without reporting to authorities.