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  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways sought legal opinion from the Ministry of Law and Justice, after one of the states had notified the fines for certain compoundable offences below that prescribed by the Act.

    Surge pricing will likely be restricted to certain times of the day and the total number of hours or rides when it is applicable may be limited, a government official aware of the development told ET. “On the issue of surge pricing, it is likely to be capped at thrice the base price but it has to be decided at what hours of the day it will apply,” the official said.

    The details of challans and fines were revealed by the road transport ministry in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha this week. The number of challans issued and the total fine were compiled based on the information available in the central government’s Vahan and Saarthi database. In his reply, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.

    In a respite for enthusiasts and collectors of vintage cars, classic vehicles of more than 50 years of age may flash special number plates and enjoy exemption from scrappage once the regulation for these vehicles are formalised.

    As per information available in the database of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), 38,39,406 traffic challans in 18 states were issued since September 1. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 made with the intention of disciplining road users resulted in increase of traffic penalties by several times.

    As per information available in the database of National Informatics Centre (NIC), 38,39,406 traffic challans in 18 states were issued since September 1, when certain provisions of the new motor vehicles act came into effect. The total Challans have been booked for Rs 5,77,51,79,895 crore, Union minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Parliament.

    Tamil Nadu saw the highest number of challans at 14,13,996, While the least number of challans were recorded in Goa at 58. The government recently said it has no information about any state not implementing the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. However, some states have reduced penalties in accordance with the powers granted to them under the Act.

    Road accidents in India claimed over 1.5 lakh lives in 2018, a recent report by the transport ministry revealed. India ranks 1st in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries reported in the World Road Statistics, 2018, followed by China and the US. As per WHO, India accounts for almost 11% of the accident related deaths in the world.

    According to BullEye Technologies, the transition to 100 per cent FASTag-based toll collection on national highways from 1st December could save up to Rs 12,000 crore worth of fuel and man-hours in India.

    This is the first time govt wants to regulate commission collected by such cos, which currently stands at 20%.

    Fines have been slashed for various violations.

    The Centre has written to all state governments on amendments needed in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Civil Procedure Code (CPC) to implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act

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