Gujarat Government Makes Massive Cuts In Fines Under New Motor Vehicles Act

Henrietta Strickland
September 12, 2019

The penalty for this offence under the Central MV Act is ₹ 10,000.

The law can be amended to state that monetary penalty can be imposed for only one violation while the other violations will be recorded and penalised if repeated. These reduced fines will come in effect from September 16 in Gujarat. For triple-riding on two-wheeler, the fine in Gujarat will continue to be ₹ 100 and not ₹ 1,000 as under the amended MV Act, as "poor people can not afford to hire auto-rickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere", the chief minister said.

Earlier, Mamata Banerjee said the West Bengal government will not implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act, which provides for stiff fines for traffic violations, as it is "too harsh" on the people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. The new motor vehicles legislation was a progressive attempt at reform by the central government which updated monetary penalties set several years ago that had lost their bite. Instead of a fine of Rs 10,000 for obstructing ambulance or any other emergency vehicle under the Central act, the state police would levy a fine of only ₹ 1,000.

Gujarat: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced a reduction in the fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act. It was advised that it was not possible to withdraw a notification on an Act once issued. So, the state government can take a decision in this regard. The government aims to prepare the commuters before implementing the new act. "Similarly a person caught driving even after suspension of his driving license, would have to pay a fine of Rs 5000 against Rs 10000", Uttarakhand's urban development minister and government spokesperson Madan Kaushik said after a cabinet meeting.

Madhya Pradesh: In another Congress-ruled state, the rules will be imposed when the people are aware of the high penalties. Chief Minister Kamal Nath said his government will first study the new amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act and then decide.

The TMC supremo said that her party had opposed the amendments to the Act in Parliament, saying it was against the federal structure of the government.

Meanwhile, the government in Goa said it would first fix the roads in the state as a "moral responsibility" before charging heavy fines under the new law. The statement comes after some states, including Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bihar, expressed dissent over its implementation in totality, as the new law led to hefty penalties on traffic violators.

Transport authorities are reportedly going over the required changes to be made in the penalty rates.

The Minister said saving lives of people is a priority for the government.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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