New traffic rules and fines and their effects on people

The progress of any nation is indicated by the development of its transportation system. With the fast-growing vehicle population of the nation, there is a rapid increase in traffic problems.

The past few days have seen a lot of buzz around the updated Motor Vehicles Act as well as the new traffic rules and hefty challans it now includes. The new rules that can be existence makes many problems to the people. Some of the incidents are

Delhi Police issued 3,900 challans to traffic rule violators after the amended motor vehicles act came into effect on Sunday, officials said. Parliament in July passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.

According to data shared by the traffic police, it issued 3,900 challans on Sunday. The Delhi government will hold consultations with stakeholders, including traffic police, before issuing compounding notification with regard to implementation of the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said. “Since heavy penalties have been prescribed under the Act after a gap of many years, the compounding notification will be issued with serious consultation with traffic police and other stake holders," Gahlot said in a statement. Section 200 of MV Act authorizes the Delhi government to issue a gazette notification for compounding of certain offences, indicating as to who will be the person who can compound the offence.

The conversation around it further intensified when a Honda Activa owner was slapped with a fine of ₹23,000 for multiple violations -- not only is that challan amount massive, but pretty much 50 per cent of a new Honda Activa scooter's cost. So, yes, the country is finally sitting up and taking notice of the traffic laws it has consistently ignored so far. Be it fear of getting stuck with a substantial penalty or the general keenness to conform to India's traffic laws, people are quite curious about what the Motor Vehicles Act 2019 is all about. Well, for now only 63 clauses from the Bill that seeked to amend the original Act have been implemented in India. And these 63 clauses tend to a variety of aspects, including vehicle fitness, protection of Good Samaritan, cab aggregators, driver training, and, of course, road safety.

The highest Challans under the new motor act comes from Odisha truck driver fined Rs: 86,500. He is Penalized for allowing an Unauthorized person to Drive (5000), driving without a licence (5000), Overloading with excess of 18 tonnes (56000), carrying over dimensions projections (20000), and General offences (500). Government should be liberal in amusing fines towards people.

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