Over 40,000 trade associations has extended support to the Bharat Bandh call given by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday to protest against the new E-Way Bill and rising petrol and diesel prices. The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has also decided to support the strike. Traders are demanding from the government to abolish certain rules of the new E-Way. They said that vehicles may be tracked by the government using Fast Tag connectivity to E-invoice. Besides, they argue that transporters should not be subject to any penalty for any time-based compliance target of transit.

“All state level-transport associations have confirmed their support to AITWA in this one-day non-operation of transport in protest of the fuel price hike and scrapping of new E-way bill laws introduced by government,” Bill. AITWA national president Mahendra Arya said. He said that diesel prices should be reduced and mechanisms need to be discussed and created with the Transport Industry for future regulation. According to CAIT, protests will be held nationwide in 1,500 places.

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