The new Motor Vehicle Act came into force on September 1st. On day 1, Delhi Traffic Police issued nearly 3,900 challans to traffic rule violators. The Parliament in July passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.
Ever since the implementation of new Motor Vehicle Act, several people have complained about traffic police levying heavy fines. From an auto driver getting a challan of Rs 47,000 to a Gurugram scooty owner complaining over Rs 23,000 fine, people are angry over such steep penalties.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, has a simple message for those who are running over steep traffic fines – ‘follow rules’. Addressing annual SIAM conference, Gadkari said that the point of heavy fines is to make people follow the rules. “The government does not desire to raise the limits of the fine. The issue is that a time should come that no one gets penalised and everyone follows the rules,” Gadkari was quoted as saying.
He further added, “Around five lakh accidents occur in the country every year and 65% of the persons killed are in the age group of 18 to 35. Shouldn’t people’s lives be saved? There should be respect and fear for the law. I feel the high penalty will show good results in the next few months.”
People were taken aback when a Delhi man, Dinesh Madan had been fined a whopping ₹23,000 for riding a bike without wearing a helmet and also for not carrying the documents including his driving licence, registration certificate and the pollution certificate.