Steep penalty: Bengal, MP against Centre’s new Motor Vehicles Act

Steep penalty: Bengal, MP against Centre’s new Motor Vehicles Act

Citing differences over the amount of penalty on traffic violations, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh have refused to implement stricter Central Motor Vehicles Amendment Act at the moment.

The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government also decided not to implement the new Motor Vehicles Act when it comes into effect from Sunday. The state government made it clear that it does not agree with some provisions of the amendment act, including the steep penalty on errant drivers.

Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Minister P C Sharma on Sunday said that the Motor Vehicle Act 2019 will not be implemented in the state from Sunday. Sharma said that the Centre has made a steep hike in fine for violating traffic rules and the state government will implement the Act only after discussions.

Rajasthan, said it will take a call after reviewing the penalty amount, according to the state transport minister. Rajasthan Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the state will go on with the implementation of the amended provisions but will review the penalty amount.

According to the new amended Motor Vehicles Act, the penalty rate for most offences, fixed for the year at Rs 1,000, could be increased every year by 10 per cent. Many including commuters are not happy with the high rate of fines on offences.

Meanwhile, offences like drunk driving and obstructing ambulances will attract a stiff penalty of Rs 10,000. There is also a possibility of jail term and license suspension in certain cases.

You are going from Rs 500 to Rs 5000 and from Rs 2000 directly to Rs 25000. This country is in a period of economic recession. There are also many people who ride on motorcycles but there is no arrangement of morning and evening bread. How will you get rid of the car when you pay a fine of Rs 20000 on it? Pratap Singh Khachariyawas questioned.

Madhya Pradesh law minister PC Sharma made it clear that the state will not implement the new traffic law at the moment. Right now, the penalty is huge and not everyone can pay such huge amount as penalty, Sharma said.

The Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in July. The new law seeks to tighten traffic regulations and impose steep penalties for violations of traffic rules.

Section 200 of the MV Act, 1988 authorises state governments to issue a notification for compounding of certain offences by fixing the fee or penalty for compounding offences and designating officials to oversee the compounding process.

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