GUWAHATI, April 25 - Normal life was severely affected across the State today in view of a 24-hour strike called by transport workers protesting the government�s move to amend the thirty year old Motor Vehicles Act.
The strike, which began at 5 am on Tuesday morning was called by four workers� associations � Asom Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU), All India Road Transport Workers� Federation (AIRTWF), All Assam Motor Shramik Federation (AAMSF) and Sadou Asom Motor Shramik Jutiya Parishad (AAMSJP).
Asom Petroleum Mazdoor Union general secretary Ramen Das said the response to the strike was total across the State.
�All city buses in Guwahati, trucks, oil and gas tankers, besides even some school buses were off the road. Feedbacks received from the districts said the strike was total. Barak Valley wore a bandh-like look,� he said.
In Guwahati, some metro share taxis were plying. In addition to its regular buses, the ASTC deployed some 25-30 additional buses.
Crowds of people were seen at the bus stands in the morning hours waiting for buses.
The road transport workers have opposed the �arbitrary decision� of the Centre to amend the MV Act, 1988. The Road Transport & Safety Bill, 2016 proposes heavy penalty for traffic violators.
Das said license, permit and registration fees are proposed to be hiked abnormally.