Yediyurappa to follow Gujarat's steps to reduce traffic fines in Karnataka

Kerala govt in a spot over harsh traffic rules even as Gujarat finds a way out

Kerala govt in a spot over harsh traffic rules even as Gujarat finds a way out

"The offender would be fined Rs 5000 for not giving side to fire tenders and ambulances against Rs 10,000 under the MV Act".

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. However, the Gujarat government will not be implementing the same and will be keeping the fine at Rs 100 as "poor people cannot afford to hire autorickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere", said the chief minister. Against a hefty penalty of ₹ 5,000 proposed by the Centre for not registering the vehicle, the Gujarat government will recover ₹ 1,000 for two-wheelers, ₹ 2,000 for three-wheelers, ₹ 3,000 for four-wheelers and ₹ 5,000 for bigger vehicles.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday defended the recent hike in traffic fines and described it as a deterrent which will promote road safety and avert accidents. For not fastening the seat-belt, vehicle drivers will be fined ₹ 500 against ₹ 1,000 under the Central act.

Claiming that the Gujarat government was not showing leniency to traffic violators by reducing fines, Rupani pointed out that penalties fixed now are still up to ten times of that charged before the new Act came into force. It was advised that it was not possible to withdraw a notification on an Act once issued. The transport department has been directed to augment public services, strengthen facilitation centres, open extra counters, conducts camps in public institutions to enable motor vehicle users to update their compliance status.

The government could have withheld from implementing the Motor Vehicle Act, but now there is no way to undo the damage, legal experts had advised. So, the state government take a decision in this regard.

Telangana: The state is still to take a call and the authorities are discussing the quantum of penalties under the new traffic law.

As the imposition of heavy fines were resented by motorists in Kerala as well, the state government had mulled over reviewing the implementation of the stringent Act, especially after the CPM apprised its own government about the adverse feedback from the ground. We will first study the new provisions, which will be deliberated upon.

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.

West Bengal: The Trinamool Congress-ruled state has outrightly refused to implement the Act.

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.

Kerala: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has reportedly sought legal advice from Advocate General CP Sudhakara Prasad over ways to address rising complaints against the amended law.

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