Gadkari minimizes the sharp court of Gujarat fines ruled by BJP for traffic violations
New Delhi, September 11 () Union Road Transport and Road Minister Nitin Gadkari tried to minimize Gujarat, ruled by BJP, on Wednesday, which drastically reduced fines for traffic violations, saying the matter was on the list concurrent and that the states were free to make their own decision.
On Tuesday, Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani announced a drastic cut that ranged from 1,000 to 10,000 rupees in some cases for penalties for traffic violations, provided for in the amended Motor Vehicles Act that entered into force as of September.
First, the Motor Vehicles Act is on a concurrent list. Center and state governments have the right to make laws about it ... and they (the states) will make the decision they deem appropriate, Gadkari said.
He was answering a question about how he saw Gujarat ruled by BJP taking measures contrary to what the Center has done regarding the sanctions prescribed under the amended law.
Opposition-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have also refused to implement the new law.
Speaking at the launch of the Activa 125 scooter compatible with BS-VI of Honda Motorcycle and Indian Scooter here, the minister also said: If they (the states) want to reduce the fines, leave them, but people's lives should be saved and there should be less accidents There has to be awareness about this.
Gadkari said the government's intention was not to earn income by imposing heavy fines.
Even if the income is generated through sanctions, they would go only to the kittens of the states and not to the Center, Gadkari said.
Defending the heavy sanctions under the Motor Vehicles Act (2019), the minister said it was important to avoid accidents to save lives, since India witnesses accidents of 5 lakh every year, killing 1.5 lakh and paralyzing another 3 lakh.
In accrediting the new law to apply road discipline, the minister said that many people have now begun to apply for a license in RTO and now strictly follow the traffic rules.
Within a few days of implementation, there have been many improvements, he said, adding: One of the biggest improvements are accidents, which have decreased.
He said that one had to take a step of imposing heavy penalties, since people did not take the law seriously before.
In addition, he said the fines that were set 30 years ago would also have to be updated according to the current situation.
According to the amended Law, infractions such as drunk driving and dangerous driving generate fines of 10,000 rupees and/or imprisonment from six months to two years. The penalty for driving without a license was increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 500 previously, while driving two wheels without a helmet will not only attract a fine of Rs 1,000 but could lead to the suspension of licenses during the next three months. MSS RKL ABM