Bhubaneswar, September 6 (LocalWire): The state’s coffer has got richer by Rs 1.34 crore, garnered as penalty from erring vehicle drivers since the enforcement of the rules of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 on September 1.
Strict enforcement of the provisions of the amended act on part of 28 road transport offices (RTO) spread across the state has led to the realisation of this whopping sum from violators, officials of State Transport Authority (STA) said.
The highest collection of Rs 80 lakh in penalties was recorded on 4 September due to the intensive drives conducted jointly by the RTO personnel and traffic wing of the state police.
It’s pertinent to note here that Odisha is fast emerging as a major road-accident-fatality corridor in the country with the number of casualties due to road accident going up by 11% in 2017-18 as compared to 2016-17 numbers.
Over 1.49 lakh accident fatalities were registered nationally in 2017-2018, of which Odisha accounted for 5,315 deaths due to road accidents, while more than 5,000 people were grievously injured in these mishaps.
During 2017, over 4,790 people succumbed to injuries in road accidents, according to officials in Odisha road transport department, according to the statistics were recently released by the State Road Safety Council.