A video on Facebook has garnered over 9.8 million views in which a police officer explained how to avoid hefty fines under the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019. The cop explained that the required documents can be later produced in front of officials and then the person will have to pay Rs 100 instead of the huge amount mentioned in the challan. But the date of the documents should be earlier than the date of challan.
The police official said that the commuters encourage corruption by not adhering to the rules. He said that a helmet worth Rs 1,000 will save lives of people and the future of their families who are dependent. The minimum penalty for violating the traffic rules under the latest act was increased from Rs 100 to Rs 500, the penalty for driving a vehicle without a license was increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000.
The police said that some people are paying the full amount of the challan because of a lack of awareness. While many states made several changes to the new traffic laws, it is still applicable in a few states in its original form. Odisha was the first state to direct its officials to not go aggressively on overdrive after several cases of hefty penalties in the state surfaced. Later, Gujarat also made some changes to provide relaxation to the commuters.
A truck driver in Sambalpur district of Odisha was fined a whopping Rs 86,500 for violating several traffic rules last week. The image of the challan went viral. He was penalised for allowing an unauthorised person to drive (Rs 5,000), driving without a licence (Rs 5,000), overloading with an excess of 18 tonnes (Rs 56,000), carrying over dimension projections (Rs 20,000) and general offence (Rs 500). The driver finally paid Rs 70,000 after negotiating with the authorities for more than five hours.