Motor Vehicle Act: Maharashtra government stays implementation; Demands to reduce fine

Maharashtra government has refused to implement the act postponing the same for the time being ahead of state assembly polls

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After the central government passed the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019, several states including Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have objected to hefty penalties this act imposes for traffic rule violations. 

In fact, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states have not fully implemented the new Motor Vehicle act. While the Gujarat government has reduced the fine, Maharashtra government has refused to implement the act postponing the same for time being ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. 

While talking to the media at a press conference, Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote announced that the implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act in the state has been postponed.  

In a letter, the Maharashtra government has requested the central government to reconsider the increased penalties. The ordinance of this Act will not apply in the state until Union Minister Nitin Gadkari responds to the demands of imposing fine as per the earlier norms,” Diwakar Raote said. 

Raote had openly objected to the heavy fines for violating the traffic rules. Raote had stated that if Maharashtra government has any freedom, the common man will be spared from the hefty penalties. 

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Earlier, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had supported the amendments in the act saying that the law is not to collect money but to prevent deaths due to road accidents.

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