Why Are Truckers On Strike?

Truck, bus, and tanker drivers are on a three-day strike to oppose the recently introduced Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita (BNS).

BNS brings in tougher penalties for hit-and-run cases, including possible sentences of up to 10 years in prison or a fine of Rs 7 lakh ($8400).

Hit-and-run cases were previously handled under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), carrying a maximum punishment of two years.

Transporters oppose the law due to worries about disrupting supply chains and its implementation without proper consultation with stakeholders.

Lack of consultation with truckers has led stakeholders to argue that the law was passed without addressing concerns, emphasizing the need to address these issues before enforcement.

Transporters worry that the law's investigation process may be misused, unfairly accusing innocent truckers in accidents, raising concerns about its fairness.