Nitin Gadkari, on Monday, while defending the hefty challans for traffic violations that came into effect earlier this month, revealed that his vehicle was fined as well for over speeding in Mumbai.
During a press conference on 100 days of the Modi government, the road transport and highways minister said the vehicle was registered in his name.
The Union Minister said that to further improve road safety in the country, 786 ‘black spots’ had been identified along National Highways, adding that 30% driving licences in use are bogus.
The minister also addressed the prevalent concerns that the steep fines would lead to an increase in corruption. “People say corruption will increase. How will that happen? We have installed cameras everywhere,” he said.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 lays down rules for stricter punishment for various traffic-related offences as well as almost five times higher penalties, including compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case.
The Act provides for a penalty of Rs 10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles and Rs 10,000 for driving despite disqualification. Penalty for dangerous driving has been increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000, while drunken driving under the new law attracts a fine of Rs 10,000. Penalties for over-speeding range from Rs 1,000- 2,000.
Driving without insurance is punishable with Rs 2,000 fine while driving without a helmet will attract Rs 1,000 penalty and 3-month suspension of licence. Also, the guardian/owner will be deemed guilty in case of road offence by juveniles, while registration of the vehicle will be cancelled.
Traffic violations now attract a penalty of Rs 500 in place of Rs 100 earlier, while disobedience of orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000 in place of Rs 500 earlier.