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State governments across India are considering reducing the new traffic fines imposed under the new New Motor Vehicle Act, 2019. This move to reduce the fines comes after several state governments were flooded with pleas from the public to re-consider the traffic fine amounts set under the new MV Act.
The new Motor Vehicle Act, which came into effect from September 1st, 2019, imposed hefty fines for traffic violations across India. The Gujarat government has already slashed the new traffic fines by 50 per cent. The new act, gives state governments the right to reduce the traffic fine amounts imposed on various traffic violations.
B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister, Karnataka, informed that the government will review the order passed by the Gujarat government and take immediate action to reduce the hefty traffic fines. The traffic police, however, will strictly follow the new fine regime, until an official order is received from the government regarding reduction in fines.
Similarly, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, will be giving go-ahead for only 23 amendments under the New Motor Vehicle Act, and will reduce the fines amounts as well.
AK Saseendran the Transport Minister for Kerala, appreciates the provision for reducing fines by the state government, under the new Motor Vehicle Act. The Kerala traffic police will take things slow with imposing fines to the motorists, until the new order is received by the government.
Madan Kaushik, the spokesperson for Uttarakhand government also informed that, the state officials will have a cabinet meeting on wednesday to discuss the hefty fines levied. Post the discussion a decision will be made to reduce the fines in the state.
West Bengal will state will not be following the new Motor Vehicle act, as the state is already running an initiative for road safety. Called the "Safe Drive Save Life", the campaign has already shown good results, and will be promoting the campaign further, with the help of NGOs working in the state.
The Transport Minister from Goa, has also confirmed that, they will look to fix the road first and then would look at the implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act in the state. The state government believes, it is morally correct to fix the roads before enforcing any traffic laws.
The Gujarat government has already slashed the hefty fines in half. Under the new fine structure in Gujarat, the penalty for not wearing a helmet is changed to Rs 500, from the earlier Rs 1,000 under the MV Act. Driving without seatbelt wearing seat belts Rs 500 will be charged, as against Rs 1000 - here are all the details.
Thoughts About The State Wise Traffic Fines Reduction
The new amendment was much needed in the country to enforce road safety and discipline. However, responding to the public's plea to reduce the fines, the state governments are looking for a better alternative. We will have to wait for decisions taken by different states regarding the issue.