Low fine first, full fine next; transport department submits report to govt
Thiruvananthapuram: Following complaints from public regarding the steep hike in fine for violating road rules, the Kerala road transport department has seemingly found a solution.
In a report submitted to the state government, the department has suggested levying low fine for first offence and full fine from second violation onwards.
For example, if a person is caught riding without helmet, the officials can levy a low fine of Rs 100 and register it as a first offence. If the same person commits the same offence again, the officials will levy the high fine of Rs 1,000.
The government is planning to move in this direction but there are limitations. The state government can implement the new fine to only sections in which It can make changes.
To discuss this issue, Transport minister A.K. Saseendran has called a meeting of officials concerned on Monday. Later, the minister will hold a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan following which a decision will be announced.
Speaking to media persons, Transport minister A.K. Saseendran said that the government will not implement the revised fine unless the central government clarifies their final stance in the matter.
“The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) will implement the revised fine for violating road rules after seeking a final report from the central government and after exploring the possibility if the state government can make any changes in it,” Saseendran said.