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Private school vehicles will not ply on Wednesday

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Drivers want the State government to address their grievances

Parents whose children commute in private school vans and vehicles will have to make alternate arrangements on Wednesday as the drivers will keep off the roads.

Around 30,000 drivers in the city, who are under the banner of the Karnataka United School and Light Motor Vehicles Drivers’ Union, have decided not to report to work as they feel that the State government has not addressed their grievances.

P.S. Shanamugham, president of the union, said that their main demands are school permit for private school vans, fixing tax for private vehicles on par with school-owned vehicles, and establishing a welfare board for unorganised drivers.

“A large number of students depend on private school vans. We urge managements to provide parking facility for private school vehicles near their schools,” he said.

A representative of the All India United Trade Union Centre, which is organising the protest, said, “Some vehicle-owners on the outskirts of the city may continue to ferry students to schools. But majority of the drivers have decided to park their vehicles at home on Wednesday.”

Several parents are worried. Anuja S., whose daughter and son study in two different schools in the central business district, said, “As both my husband and I are working, one of us will have to work from home or apply for leave if vehicles do not ply. This will cause huge inconvenience to us.”

The union has organised a convention on Wednesday at Gundurao Auditorium, Malleswaram. Various drivers’ unions, the transport minister and officials are expected to participate in the event.

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