School autorickshaw drivers Strike | Autorickshaw unions say that the strike will continue till JUL1


Published: 29/06/2019



Belagavi residents suffered the crippling effects of a traffic jam on Thursday, after school autorickshaw drivers went on a strike in protest against the police enforcing the six-children per autorickshaw rule.

Parents of school-going children had to drive to schools twice — first in the morning to drop their wards off and again to pick them up in the afternoon. Both times, major roads and junctions were choked with private vehicles.

The entrance to the Military Cantonment that houses some prestigious schools and the college road that houses several educational institutions were blocked for hours. Traffic was blocked from the Globe Theatre Circle to the Rani Parvati Devi Circle for over three kilometres in the afternoon.

Autorickshaw unions have said that the strike will continue till July 1.

The strike followed action by the police against school autorickshaws following a minor accident in the city on Monday last when some children in an autorickshaw were injured. The police said that school autorickshaws were ferrying far more than the stipulated six-children rule and issued notices to some erring drivers.

The District Autorickshaw Drivers and Owners Association opposed this.

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