Speaking over the newly implemented Motor Vehicles Act by the Modi government imposing high traffic fines on rule-breakers, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has said that she will not be implementing the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act in the state. Stating that the fines are "too harsh", Mamata Banerjee said that West Bengal government officials are of the opinion that if implemented, the fines will over-burden people.
"I can't implement this Motor Vehicle Act right now because our govt officials are of the opinion that if we implement it will over burden people," Mamata Banerjee said speaking to reporters at Nabanna Bhavan.
Earlier in the day, opposing the act, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said that the law is not practical, stating that mere fines will not bring behavioural change in people.
"We are not against bringing a behavioural change. But it is not practical. Mere fines will not bring a behavioural change. If you only increase the fine, nothing can happen. I am not against the fines levelled but these are impractical laws. Gujarat govt has also agreed to it," Sachin Pilot said asserting that Rajasthan government will not implement the law in the state.
While a number of states gave relief to passengers from the hefty fines by reducing the amount, there are states which said that they will not implement them in the states. Gujarat and Odisha have relaxed the implementation of the new traffic rules, while Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana are still reviewing the new fines. Congress government in Chhattisgarh is also yet to implement the new penalty provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Refusing to enforce the act in the state, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government said that they are not on the "same page over the fine" with the Centre.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on July 15, 2019, with the act being implemented on September 1. It broadly contains 63 provisions that deal with penalties. Below are some of the changes in the traffic rules as per the Amendment: