Gujarat Government slashes Central Government's fines up to 90 per cent
Just about 10 days after implementing the new fines in the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) by the central government, the Gujarat government has now announced the reduction in some penalities. Some penalties have been reduced from 25 per cent up to 90 per cent. The reasons for the cut in penalties have been stated on "compassionate and humanitarian" grounds. These reduced fines will come in effect from September 16 in Gujarat.
The central government has also proposed a fine a Rs 1,000 for pillion riders not wearing a helmet which will not be implemented in the state of Gujarat, confirmed Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat.
"The fine amount for different violations proposed under the Central law is the upper limit. Penalty collection is not our objective. We want people to be safe. The Gujarat government will enforce the law strictly wherever it is needed. We will be lenient wherever needed. That is why we will not impose any fine on pillion riders," said Rupani.
Fine for overloading a two-wheeler has been hiked to Rs 1,000 from Rs 100 under the amendments of MV Act. However, the Gujarat government will not be implementing the same and will be keeping the fine at Rs 100 as "poor people can not afford to hire autorickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere," said the chief minister.
The original fines for offences such as drunken driving and jumping traffic lights remain unchanged under the MV Act.