Nitin Gadkari defends hefty challans for traffic violations under new rules
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- Union minister of roads and highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday strongly defended hefty challans for traffic violations that were made effective from September 1 and revealed that his vehicle was fined for speeding on the Worli Bandra Sea Link.
- He further informed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and union minister of state for roads and highways VK Singh too had to pay fine for speeding.
- Gadkari, while speaking at an event to mark 100 days of the Modi government, said that the vehicle was registered in his name and was fined for over speeding. He brushed aside concerns that the steep fines would lead to an increase in corruption and said that the authorities have installed cameras "everywhere".
- The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 provides for stricter punishment for various traffic-related offences as well as higher penalties, including compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case.