Vehicle checks restarted across Kerala; officials lenient on day one
The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) as restarted vehicle checks which were stopped in view of Onam. The officials are lenient and are not strictly conducting the vehicle checks as usual. However, they are imposing the increased fine stipulated by the central government for gross violations.
The state government has taken a stance that the MVD can impose maximum fine for violations including drunken driving, over speeding, rash and negligent driving and using mobile phones while driving.
Such cases were either charged with maximum fine or referred to the court. Most of the violators were sent to the court as they were unable to pay the fine.
The officials did not take stringent action over violations regarding which the government has requested the centre to reduce fine. Officials also pointed out that sending all violators to court was not practical.
Enforcement squads conducted vehicle checks across the state. The vehicle checks were restarted as stopping them would lead to criticism but were not held stringently.
A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday is expected to bring clarity regarding the vehicle checks and fine to be imposed. Till them the MVD is likely to conduct vehicle checks leniently.