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Gujarat Reduces Traffic Violation Fines under New Motor Vehicles Act

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani announced that the fines laid down in the new act were the maximum suggested and his government had reduced them after detailed deliberations.

Sep 11, 2019 11:21 IST
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The Gujarat government has reduced the challan amounts imposed under the new Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) for breaking traffic rules. BJP-ruled Gujarat is the first state to do so. The new rules will come into effect from September 16 onwards. The Delhi government is also considering reducing certain penalties.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the fines laid down in the new act were the maximum suggested and his government had reduced them after detailed deliberations. According to the various reports, the Gujarat government reduced fines on traffic violations up to 50 per cent.

Reduction in the fines

  • Gujarat government announced that Rs. 500 will be charged for not wearing seat belts, as against Rs 1000.
  • New Motor Vehicles Act impose a challan of Rs. 5,000 for driving a two-wheeler vehicle without driving license but Gujarat government has reduced the amount up to Rs 2,000 only.
  • In cases like not giving way to the ambulance, the penalty has been reduced from 10 thousand to 1 thousand.
  • The fine will be as per the new MVA if PUC, RC, insurance is not there. It is for Rs. 500 for the first time and the second-time penalty is Rs. 1,000.
  • The Gujarat government will issue a challan of Rs. 100 for triple riding as against Rs. 1,000 in the MV Act.
  • Similarly, there is a rule of up to Rs. 10,000 fine on pollution, but now Rs. 2,000 penalty will be imposed on the two-wheelers and Rs, 3,000 to other vehicles.

Why it happened?

The Parliament of India had passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2019 in July and its heavy penalties came into effect from September 1, 2019. Some states claimed that people needed time to get acquainted with enhanced penalties. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that penalties are still up to 10 times of that charged before the new act came into force.

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