With the ongoing nationwide transport strike (chakka jam) since Thursday morning (May 26, 2016), three vehicles have reportedly been vandalized so far by transport entrepreneurs and workers. The transport entrepreneurs and workers enforced the nationwide transport strike (chakka jam) today to protest against the government’s decision to hike fine for violation of traffic rules.
Strike enforcers vandalized a TATA Sumo, Ba 1 Jha, 4813 and a Taxi, Ba 2 Jha, 2000, at Teku and another Taxi, Ba 1 Jha 1599, at Maharajgunj, according to police. Meanwhile, a total of 77 strike enforcers from Kathmandu have been arrested for allegedly obstructing the traffic movement informed by SSP Sharad Chand, Spokesperson at Metropolitan city Police office.
Government had implemented the new penalty structure from May 14 across the country after amending the old provisions of the Motor Vehicle and Transport Management Act, 1993. According to the new provision, any person caught violating the traffic rule is punished with a fine of minimum Rs 500 and maximum Rs 1,500. Earlier, the fine for traffic rule violation was Rs 25 to Rs 200.