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Penalise Traffic Violators, But Reduce The Quantum Of Fines, Says Bhubaneswar Public


12 September 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: With the new Motor Vehicle Act coming into force, the commuters are in disarray and distraught. While there can be no room for serious traffic violations, the public has been demanding some relaxation and time for possession of mandatory vehicular documents.

On Thursday, Union Minister for Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari said that the imposition of fines have brought many things on the road in order. "The response has been positive and our intention is to cut-down the fatalities in road mishaps. We are not interested in increasing revenue with this move," Gadkari said.

OMMCOM NEWS spoke to commuters and public in general in and around Bhubaneswar and sought their opinion on the ongoing enforcement drive. The excerpts...

"Traffic violations are in no way acceptable. People violating traffic norms need to pay fines. But the new system is a bit harsh. Our income is low and we cannot afford such heavy fines," a person said.

"The Central Government has imposed the fines and not the State Government. The State Government is just implementing it. I believe the traffic enforcement should be consistent, a daily affair," a senior citizen said.

"The amount of the fine should be reduced to some extent. The penalties as per the new MV Act is just too much for the lower middle class to bear," a group of people at a petrol pump said.