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Odisha: Violating Traffic Rules To Invite Heavy Penalty


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26 August 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: The State Government is all set to implement the strictures mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2019. The amended Motor Vehicles Act has raised penalties for several offences under the Motor Vehicle Act. It has also added new offence and penalties.

For example, the maximum penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been raised from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000. The amended Act also provides for a penalty of Rs 10,000 to anyone who is seen blocking the way of an ambulance on roads.

Transport Secretary G Srinivas said that drivers need to be cautious, careful and astrictly abide by the traffic norms. Any form of violation would lead to coughing up heavy penalty. Errant drivers have two days to mend their ways as fines are set to shoot up and breaking the rules will cost big money, he said.

On July 23, Lok Sabha passed Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2019. The next day the bill was approved by Rajya Sabha and it subsequently got the assent from the President of India. While these new penalties came into effect on 15 August, the Transport Department is streamlining technicalities for a seamless implementation, Srinivas added.

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G Srinivas, Transport Secretary, Odisha