Jharkhand Government, in order to provide relief to the people from paying hefty fines for traffic transgressions, has decided to postpone the implementation of the Motor Vehicle Act. The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill is going to tighten road traffic regulations such as allotment of driving licence along with imposing stricter penalties for violations to improve road safety. In an effort to give relief to the motorists, the Jharkhand Government has delayed its implementation. Chief Minister Raghubar Das has instructed the transport department to open facilitation centres in the state so that the people are enabled to get their documents in order in the next three months.
Jharkhand Government while delaying the Motor Vehicle Act has asked the residents to complete all their documentation. By putting the Act on hold for a period of three months, the government is providing the citizens with a buffer period to make sure all the state residents have their documentation in order. The Transport Minister notified the media that some amendments were made in the Act. However, the state has decided to provide a buffer period for the residents to get everything in order before the implementation.
'Taking cognisance of people's safety some amendments were made in the Motor Vehicle Act by Centre. However, taking note of the issues people are facing, we have decided to give three-month relief to people so that they can get their documents in order,' stated CP Singh, the Jharkhand Transport Minister.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, came into effect on September 1. This bill was approved by the President on August 9, 2019. The government has notified 63 clauses in the Motor Vehicle Act that deal with penalties, licences, registrations and National Transport Policy among others. In lieu of the heavy fines under the Motor Vehicle Act, several states have decided to put its implementation on hold. Gujarat and Uttarakhand have announced a cut in penalties for traffic transgressions under the Act.