Motor Vehicle Act 2019 Will Reduce Road Mishaps, Feel Experts
GUWAHATI: While it's still early to know whether road fatalities have increased or decreased since the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, city cops and other experts feel that the numbers will go down.
Union Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, stated that about 5 lakh deaths occur in India per year due to traffic laws' violation. He also said that barring one or two states, all were on board on the new law. The implementation of the MVA 2019 will bring down the number of road fatalities in the country, the participants said.
Deepak Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Guwahati speaking to G Plus said, “Penalties have been increased under the new law to make people more aware of road safety; earlier people would bribe their way through after violating rules as the penalties were low compared to the fresh amendment. The Act should be given more time as hefty traffic fines are needed so that people follow rules.”
“The number of cases of traffic violations has come down from 700 to 100 in a matter of just three days, owing to the hefty fines. If the public continues to abide by the Act and follow the rules this way, it will hopefully lead to lesser mishaps in the future,” he added.
In the same vein, an official of the District Transport Office (DTO) said, “Breaking traffic rules lead to accidents and even death in severe cases. The increased penalties will bring a positive change with more people following rules, maintaining speed limits and taking precautions such as wearing helmets and fastening seat belts.”