Due to the new Motor Vehicle Act, drivers have become victims of hefty penalties for violating traffic rules, however a record penalty was charged to a man in Rajasthan on September 9. A truck driver in Rajasthan was fined a whopping Rs 1.41 lakh by the Rohini Circle police. From the picture of the challan, it is known that the driver was driving a heavy-duty TATA truck and was caught for overloading the truck. This penalty is the highest so far, after drivers in several states were fined in thousands.
Delhi: A truck owner from Rajasthan paid challan amount of Rs 1,41,700 at Rohini court on September 9 for overloading the truck on September 5. pic.twitter.com/2P4G9JqDgR— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2019
On September 3, a truck driver carrying a JCB machine in Odisha was fined Rs 86, 500 for violating several traffic rules. The fine was broken down into various charges like penalised for allowing an unauthorized person to drive (Rs 5,000), driving without a license (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 truck was owned by a Nagaland based private company called BLA Infrastructure Private Limited. After negotiating with the authorities for over five hours the driver paid a penalty of Rs. 70,000.
The traffic police in Bengaluru have collected over Rs. 72 lakhs as fine within a week after the new Motors Vehicles Act was implemented. According to the report, 6,813 cases of traffic violation were registered and a total amount of Rs 72,49,900 was collected from the violaters. The most common traffic rules violated included not wearing a helmet, pillion riding, driving without a seatbelt and using mobile phones while driving. Now, the Bengaluru traffic police have started to conduct awareness campaigns on social media and in colleges to inform citizens about the new traffic rules.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, on Saturday spoke about the hike in penalties and said the new Motor Vehicles Act will force people to follow the law. He also shared that the new rules were meant for maintaining the safety of commuters. Gadkari assured the citizens that the motive of the MV Act is not collection of fines but the safety of people.