MV Act 2019 To Be Implemented Within A week In Guwahati Along With Rest Of Assam

MV Act 2019 To Be Implemented Within A week In Guwahati Along With Rest Of Assam

Saumya Mishra | September 14, 2019 13:49 hrs

•    New Motor Vehicles rules to be implemented within a week in Guwahati

•    All DTOs are conducting awareness camps to sensitise people about the new rules

•    The new rules increase penalty for traffic violations by 5 to 10 times 

•    New technology for better traffic management also been deliberated upon

•    West Bengal government won’t implement the Act

•    Gujarat government slashed hefty fines under the new Act 

The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 will be implemented by a week in Guwahati as well as the rest of the state, informed authorities.  
Talking to G Plus, commissioner of transport, Virendra Mittal, said that the proposal has already been sent to the government and the new Act will be enforced within a week.

“The proposal has already been sent to the government and it is in the advanced stage of approval which we shall get within a week’s time,” said Mittal. 
He added that in order to gear up for the implementation of the new rules, all the district transport officers (DTOs) in all districts as well as enforcement staff are conducting awareness camps to make people aware about the new amendments and changes in the fines collected.

“Once the government approves the notification, we will also put the standees mentioning the new fines in every DTO,” added the transport commissioner.  

This apart, he mentioned that in today’s day and age when a lot of news is shared on social media and via WhatsApp, a majority of the people already have some knowledge about the provisions of the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019.  
It is to be mentioned that the amended motor vehicle act increases the penalty for traffic violations by 5 to 10 times in different cases.  

The Act has introduced stricter punishment for various traffic related offences as well as higher penalties, including a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs for death and Rs 2.5 lakhs for grievous injury in motor vehicle accident cases.

It provides for a fine of Rs 10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles, driving despite disqualification and drunken driving. Aggregators found violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh.  

Further, DCP (Traffic) Prasanta Saikia informed G Plus, “The new rules will be implemented after getting notification from the state government. It is in the process and we are expecting to implement it most probably from the next week.” 
He added that the traffic department is also providing in-house training to their personnel and are also conducting meetings to discuss on the process which they will undertake to ensure proper enforcement of the Act.  
Saikia further informed that the department officials are also deliberating on the introduction of new technology for better traffic management under the smart city programme. They are holding meetings with the higher authorities for the same.  

“Discussions are going on with various consultants to decide upon the kind of technology which will be used in the city,” said Saikia.
On the other hand, since the new rules were announced, netizens have been sharing pictures of police officials who were seen violating traffic rules in Guwahati. 
In other parts of the country, too, citizens have been catching law enforcement officials on the streets for not following traffic rules. In one such incident in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi a video went viral on social media. It showed that people on the streets had stopped a police van and were furious at them for not wearing seat belts. They then asked the traffic police officials to issue challans to them.  
Referring to instances where the law enforcement authorities are themselves seen to be violating the law, Saikia said, “We are disseminating information to all police stations telling them that first we are to obey the rules. If some police official is seen violating the law, we will definitely take action as per the law.” 

Further, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, on September 11, said that West Bengal will not implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act citing that hefty fines will overburden the common man.
“I cannot implement this Motor Vehicle Act right now because our government officials are of the opinion that if we implement the new rules, it will overburden people,” said Banerjee.

Earlier, on September 10, the BJP-led Gujarat government, in an announcement, slashed the penalties for traffic violations drastically for various offences. 

Additionally, union minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, defended the hike in penalties under the new Act and said that it has not been implemented to earn revenue but to save lives.

“The government has not introduced the stricter Act to increase its revenue but we have introduced it to save lives of people. Our intention is to stop accidents and deaths,” said Gadkari recently.

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