Srinagar, Jan 1: The Jammu Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association expressed strong opposition on Monday to a new penal law imposing up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine for drivers involved in hit-and-run cases.
Under this legislation, drivers who flee the scene of a fatal crash without reporting to authorities could face severe consequences, including imprisonment and a hefty fine of Rs 7 lakhs.
Transporters in Kashmir convened a meeting, urging the Government of India to reconsider the implementation of this stringent law. Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf, the General Secretary of Jammu Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association, emphasized their disagreement with the new provision and called for its prompt withdrawal.
Yousuf stated, “The law is being enforced without taking representatives of the transport department into confidence,” and added that they would support any strike initiated by transporters from different states across India.