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    States free to reduce penalties under new Motor Vehicles Act: Nitin Gadkari

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    Gadkari said that the idea to levy hefty fines was not to earn revenue but to discipline road users.

    Motor Vehicles Act: Life is more important than money, says Nitin Gadkari
    NEW DELHI: The Centre has no objection on states bringing down penalties for traffic violation under the new Motor Vehicles Act, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari said.

    Gadkari said that states are free to make changes in penalties given the subject is the concurrent list.

    This comes as several states have objected to implementing the new Motor Vehicles Act in totality, which led penalties for traffic violations increase manifold from September 1.

    The Gujarat state government has slashed the new fines by up to 90%, citing humanitarian grounds. Tamil Nadu government has also decided to bring down penalties under the new Act.

    Gadkari said that the idea to levy hefty fines was not to earn revenue but to discipline road users.

    "You have to understand, we have the highest rate of deaths due to traffic accidents in the world," Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference here on Wednesday.

    He said the government will not charge fines if people are more aware of the traffic rules and road safety.

    "The penalties are already part of the new (Motor Vehicles) Act, we are not going to change them. Even if the states are earning revenue from these penalties, it will go to their kitty, and come to the Centre," Gadkari said.

    Gadkari said that people are now more aware about the traffic rules, as against their general disregard for laws in the country.
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    29 Comments on this Story

    RM368 days ago
    Even with less fines and regular checking of documents and traffic violations the number of violations and accidents could come down .The various states are realising that fine amounts are very high and it appears that many State govt were not consulted which is why they are reducing fines .The enforcement of rules suddenly without giving a proper and reasonable time to people to update their things is also not correct .If proper checking was not done earlier that was fault of the authorities and people can''t be made to suffer for the same .As people are willing to update their documents for compliance ,all state govt should give them sufficient time for the same as facilities at RTOs and PUC centres are lacking as new people are also coming and people are coming for PUC and people arecoming for renewal The enforcement by traffic police by nan handling people is also not justified as the treatment being given to those caught violating traffic rules is not even supposed to be given to criminals . Once challan is issued after checking DL etc ,there should not be provision for keeping the DL or seizing the vehicles as people get into double problem by first payinfv challans in Court and then going to respective police station for taking DL etc or vehicle .The police has no proper arrangement for keeping vehicle seized from people and thus to avoid damage to vehicles ,there should be direction for no seizure of vehicle as people can''t be deprived of use of vehicle
    INDERCHAND JAIN373 days ago
    Please dont reduce fines or else people will not fear law ,easy way to avoid fines is follow rules
    RM374 days ago
    Earlier if there was lesser regard for law ,the authorirlties are responsible for same as it was not doing regular checking as is being done now .The Central Govt has also realised that it has hiked the fines too much and the sane is beyond the capacity of many and people are feeling helpless and harassed .Now after about 2_weeks States are being asked to reduce penalties if they want is indicative of the fact that decision to increase fines manifold is taken without realising ground realities .The State governments should act fast and avoid further problem to people by reducing the fines and the traffic police may continue with their checking drive after few days so that people have sufficient time to update their documents .
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