Motor Vehicle Act: Kerala likely to reduce fine to half; final decision on Monday
Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi: The Kerala government has started making moves to reduce the high penalty recommended in the Motor Vehicle Act to half the amount. Transport minister A. K. Saseendran said that a final decision in this regard will be taken on Monday after the central government’s order is issued.
The minister said that hefty fine will not be levied and strict action will not be taken until the fine amount is finalised. He added that the awareness programmes will continue and the matters including the penalty amount will be discussed with the chief minister.
The state government has decided not to restore the previous fine even if they are allowed to fix the fine amount. It is considered to levy half the amount of current fine modelling states like Gujarat. A discussion in this regard will be held in LDF.
Meanwhile, the central government will seek legal advice to know whether the states have the right to reduce the fine according to Motor Vehicle Act. The central government decided in this regard after states like Gujarat reduced the fine to half.
Though union minister Nitin Gadkari said the other day that the states can determine the fine, no official notification was issued regarding the same.