Gadkari calls meeting with dissenting CMs on traffic violation fines

Amid ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ for the freshly amended Motor Vehicles Act, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has planned to hold a meeting with the chief ministers of states that have refused to implement the modified Act for regulating traffic.

A senior official said the ministry has also sought legal suggestions on provisions under which some states had revised the traffic penalties. The decision came at a time when Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh became the latest entrants in the group of states that have postponed, slashed or refused the implementation of the updated traffic violation rules.

The objecting states have argued that the refreshed list has prescribed hefty penalties and fines. The states said the fine amount has increased tenfold and were too high.

While BJP-ruled states like Gujarat and Uttarakhand have cut down fines, Opposition-ruled states such as Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi hinted they would reject the new rules and slash fines.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has shunned any possibility of implementing the “harsh” penalties. The BJP-administered and poll-bound Maharashtra has put the implementation of the traffic violation fines on hold.

A senior official said that the ministry has prepared a list of offenses under which the states have lowered the fines. The list was sent to the law ministry to seek legal assistance on whether states have the jurisdiction to alter the fines as mentioned under the modified Motor Vehicles Act.

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