Kannur: Minister A K Saseendran welcomed Union Transport minister Nithin Gadkari’s statement that states can decide the fines to be imposed for traffic violations. He said that he is happy to know the Union government’s decision to leave the fine amount to the jurisdiction of the state and that he had requested this earlier itself.
The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act waded into controversy with many states accusing the Centre of burdening the common man with heavy fines. The Act aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations.
Following widespread protests over the decision of the Centre to impose hefty fines, a decision was announced by the Union Minister that states can impose their fines to promote road safety. The minister said that an order on this will soon be issued.
The minister said that till the centre issues the order, strict action may not be taken and hefty fines may not be imposed. After the Union brings out the order, further actions will be taken. The state will oppose moves to takeover the Motor Vehicle department by private sector and also levying of hefty fines.
The minister had earlier directed the traffic secretary to submit a report after analysing the provisions of hefty fines as per the MVD Act. The minister has called for a high level meeting on September 16 depending on the submission of the report and has invited the traffic secretary, traffic commissioner and the law secretary for the meet.