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Maha Govt Implements Amended MV Act; Hikes Compounding Fees For Traffic Offences

Maha govt implements amended MV Act; hikes compounding fees for traffic offences

Mumbai, Dec 2 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has increased the compounding fees for various traffic offences, including driving without a licence, by issuing a notification about the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, an official said on Thursday.

The state government recently issued the notification about the implementation of the 2019 Act in the state and the new compounding fees for various offences came into effect from December 1, the official from the state Motor Vehicles Department (MMVD) said.

Talking to PTI, state transport commissioner Avinash Dhakane said the hike in compounding fees will help bring down accidents and ensure discipline among the citizens.

"This will help improve overall road safety, reduce fatalities and ensure better road discipline among people," Dhakane said.

According to an MMVD official, the state government has reduced the compounding fees in case of several offences compared to the fines and penalties defined in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, which came into effect from September 1, 2019.

However, at that time the Maharashtra government was not in favour of penalising traffic rule violators with hefty fines as per the amended Act.

As per the notification, the compounding fees of Rs 10,000 will be levied for not providing a way to ambulance, whereas unauthorised interference with the vehicle will invite a compounding fees of Rs 1,000. Driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs 2,000 compounding fees, while unauthorised interference with the vehicle will attract a Rs 1,000 fees.

The compounding fees for travelling without ticket or pass on stage carriage buses will be Rs 500, according to the notification.

As per the notification, a driver without licence will attract Rs 5,000 compounding fees, while the owner of vehicle will also invite the same amount of compounding fees for allowing without such a person to drive his vehicle.

The compouding fees for vehicle racing is Rs 5000 for the first offence and Rs 10,000 for the second offence and every subsequent offence.

Offenders will have to pay Rs 1,000 compounding fees for displaying registration plate (number plate) other than in prescribed forms, for driving vehicles without reflectors and tail lamps.

Apart from the above offences under section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, the compounding fees has been hiked to Rs 500 if the offence has been committed for the first time and Rs 1,500 for the second offence and thereafter, the notification stated.

A senior RTO (Regional Transport Office) official said that in the notification, the government has mentioned the rank of officials from Motor Vehicle Department, Traffic Police, Highway Police, City police and Maharashtra police, who have rights of compounding these offences.

"This is important as the state government has given the powers of compounding of every offence to the officers above specific rank," he said, adding that in Motor Vehicle Department the powers given of compounding offence given to the officers above the rank of assistant inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors of traffic police and highway police, and Head constables in the districts where there is no traffic branch. PTI KK ARU NP NP

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