After a Gurugram man was slapped with a Rs 23,000 challan on Tuesday, an autorickshaw driver in Bhubaneswar has been given a challan worth Rs 47,000 for violating traffic rules. The auto driver was charged for drunk driving, violating air and noise pollution provisions, driving without a license and not having a registration certificate. The owner of the auto Kanduri Khatua was sitting in the back while another man, Hari Bandhu Kanhar, was driving the vehicle when the police stopped them. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol after a breath-analyzer test, whereas the owner was unable to produce any kind of document that the police asked for.
The challan copy showed the breakup of the offences that Kanduri Khatua was fined for. He was charged an amount of Rs 10,000 for drunk driving, Rs 5,000 for allowing an unauthorised person to drive the vehicle. Furthermore, he had to pay ad additional fine of Rs 5,000 for driving the vehicle without a valid driver's license, Rs 10,000 for violating air and noise pollution, Rs 5,000 for using the vehicle without a registration certificate, Rs 10,000 for violating permit conditions, Rs 2,000 for not having insurance and finally another Rs 500 as a general offence. The owner of the autorickshaw, Kanduri Khatua from the Kishore Prasad area in Nayagarh, has now been asked to pay a sum of 47,500 for the offences at the Driving Testing Centre in Chandrasekharpur.
There have been various cases of hefty challans given to traffic violators around India. Delhi issued 3,900 challans after the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2019 became active on Sunday. This comes after the new amendments in the Motor Vehicle Bill was implemented by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. New provisions such as fines for not giving way to emergency vehicles and fitness certificates for disabled drivers have also been included in the amendment. It also promises the establishment of new driving schools in all the rural and tribal districts of India. Along with all this, the validity of the transport license has been increased to five years from three years. The aim of the amendment has been to imply stricter rules for public safety and security.