Motor Vehicle Act: Rajasthan, Maharashtra want to go low on traffic penalties
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Motor Vehicle Act: Rajasthan, Maharashtra want to go low on traffic penalties

By New Indian Express calender  05-Sep-2019

Motor Vehicle Act: Rajasthan, Maharashtra want to go low on traffic penalties

The Rajasthan government has decided to keep penalties rather low for traffic violations under the Motor Vehicle Act in the initial phase. After a high-level meeting to review the amended Act on Tuesday night, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stated that the compounding fee (or penalty) under the Motor Vehicle Act will initially be kept low in the state and greater stress will be laid on increasing public awareness about road safety rules.

Under the amended provisions, penalties for traffic-related violations have increased sharply. But instead of penalties, Gehlot said his government would focus on reducing the number of road accidents by making the general public aware of traffic rules.
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However, a few days ago, Rajasthan transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas had termed the new provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act as ‘impractical’ as ‘the new penalty amount is extremely excessive’. He had also stated that increasing of penalty amount has no connection with preventing accidents, and claimed that it will only increase corruption : " When the Central Motor Vehicle Act became applicable in the entire country, then it became applicable in Rajasthan as well. We want to work in a way  that accidents stop entirely. My belief is that the increasing fine amount has no connection to the prevention of accidents. This will only increase corruption."
Meanwhile, Maharashtra too will be altering the penalties before implementing the new MV Act. “The amended act has a provision wherein the states can alter the provisions regarding fines according to what suits them.

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