The statement comes after some states, including Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bihar, expressed dissent over its implementation in totality, as the new law led to hefty penalties on traffic violators. I won't support exhorbitant fines.
However, the IYC protesters were not able to gift the two-wheelers to the Union minister. "Some 2-3 lakhs are losing their limbs in these accidents, this is bad for the country".
Angry over the heavy fines being imposed for violating traffic rules under the Motor Vehicles Act, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) held a protest outside the residence of Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday.
"Motor Vehicles Act is in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, so States as well as the Centre can revise and frame rules under the amended Act. It is very harsh", she told reporters here. It is because of good and safe roads that accidents take place.
Gadkari said that states can decide to lower the fines imposed in their jurisdiction. As penalties are now five times more than the previous ones, motorists booked for offences are in a dilemma. Both state and Central governments have a right to make laws on it.
The Parliament had given its nod to the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act in July this year and they were implemented from September 1.
Nitin Gadkari said while states were free to reduce the fines, these had been increased after a long period of 30 years.
His remarks came as a response to a question on some state governments reportedly planning to dilute the act by reducing the fines.
Puducherry: Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has said the government will launch programmes aimed at creating awareness among the public about the amended act before implementing it in Puducherry.
"The problem is they neither have fear nor respect for laws". Aren't the lives of people more important than fines? While the Central law has proposed a fine of ₹ 1,000 for pillion rider not wearing helmet, this provision will not be implemented at all in Gujarat, Rupani said. Further, one can produce driving license or other documents in digitised form after storing them in "Digi Locker" app, he said. For triple-riding on two-wheeler, the fine in Gujarat will continue to be ₹ 100 and not ₹ 1,000 as under the amended MV Act, as "poor people can not afford to hire auto-rickshaw if a family of three wants to go somewhere", the chief minister said.
Gadkari also said that his ministry has prepared a draft of vehicle scrapping policy for commercial vehicles and hoped that pending proposals wth the Finance Ministry will be cleared soon. We will be lenient wherever needed.