Mangaluru, Apr 26, 2015: Addressing a meet on April 25, organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Karmika Parishat and others here, MLC Ivan D’Souza said the Bill spells death to the State road transport corporations as public transport services would be go to the highest bidder. Several trade unions connected with the road transport sector staged a protests against the Road Transport and Safety Bill introduced by the Union government in Parliament to replace the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It is a crass attempt by the Centre to corporatise the road transport sector totally and eliminate hard-working labour class, said the MLC.
Prescribing higher parameters for vehicle repair workshops and spare parts norms, the Union government intended to snatch jobs from mechanics and small-scale industries, MLC D’Souza added. same r would be the fate of driving schools for which the Bill proposes enhanced eligibility criteria.
India has its own methods, it is not Singapore nor same as the west with regard to road and other infrastructure. Instead of building safe and adequate road infrastructure, the government is snatching livelihood from lakhs of aam admi, he alleged. If the Union government does not withdraw the Bill, trade Unions would launch protest across the district and the state he warned.