The owner of a private bus in Noida claimed that he had been issued a fine of Rs 500 allegedly because he was not wearing a helmet.
Can heavy fines for traffic offences, which are the most discussed part of the new amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act being implemented from September 1, reduce the fatalities drastically?
The real question here is whether the sky-high fines will truly be a deterrent. I am tempted to say yes, given the recent long queues at the RTO to update documents and the sudden spike in the sale of helmets.
On Wednesday, governments in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand took cognisance of the matter. While the former, terming the heavy penalties as 'exorbitant', stayed the act's implementation in the state, the latter reduced quantum of fines mentioned under the new law.
“Every year around 10,000 accidents are reported in the state. The media claims it is due to bad roads. But I believe it is due to good roads,” said Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol.
The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations.
In July, parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that came into effect on September 1 2019. It aims to tighten the traffic rules and regulations and impose stricter punishments for violation in a bid to promote road safety.
The 65-year-old father of the deceased alleged 'misbehaviour by the traffic police' in the name of checking under the 'stricter new Motor Vehicles Act'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Joe Biden meets in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.PTI Photo
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