During his briefing to the press today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke about a variety of traffic issues which were bothering Delhi residents. He also brought back the even-odd car rule, wherein on every alternate day, only motor vehicles with either even or odd numbers are allowed to ply, with exceptions. However, the most pressing matter which the citizens were concerned with, was the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act introduced by the BJP-led Centre, in which the fine for every traffic offence have been increased by leaps and bounds.
On the amendment, Arvind Kejriwal stated, "As far as the experience with regards to the Challan situation goes, I have spoken to a lot of people. All of us want the traffic in Delhi should improve. We all want that the accidents that occur on the road should stop. A lot of lives are lost because of such road accidents, and we all know how indisciplined the traffic in Delhi is. One thing that everyone agrees with is, ever since it (the amendment) has been implemented, Delhi's traffic has seen massive improvement. The long queue which is there in the pollution centres is only because of the fact that people are having to get a pollution check, otherwise, they will have to pay a fine."
The amendments were implemented on September 1, 2019, which aim to tighten road traffic regulations and impose a stricter fine for violations in an attempt to improve road safety and encourage traffic discipline.
The amendments introduced penalties for traffic rule violations which were not penalized until now. This included, not providing a way for emergency vehicles, overloading of passengers and offences by juveniles. Along with this, the fines for a variety of other traffic rule violations have been increased multi-fold. This includes drunken driving, over speeding, driving without a license, helmets and seat belts, amongst others.
Delhi under CM Arvind Kejriwal is among the few states which started implementing the amended Motor Vehicles Act from September 1 when it came into effect.