Bhubaneswar, September 14: The state transport authorities have levied hefty Rs 6,53,100 penalty on the owner of a truck bearing Nagaland registration number for multiple road safety violation and infringement of the Odisha Motor Vehicle (OMV) provisions.
The penalty that was levied in Sambalpur town, is the highest ever charged by the authorities in Odisha under the motor vehicle act.
“The truck was intercepted on 10 August 2019 prior to the implementation of the Motor Vehicle Act 2019,” Sambalpur road transport officer Lalit Behera told LocalWire.
Since the driver of the truck, a local man expressed his inability to pay the penalty, the truck owner Shailesh Shankar Lal Gupta from Phek town of Nagaland has been served the Vehicle Check Report (VCR) for the realisation of the sum.
“He is yet to turn up and the truck intercepted under the OMV Act has been kept under the custody of the road transport department,” Behera said.
According to the authorities, a penalty of Rs 6,40,500 was imposed on the truck owner since he had defaulted in paying the road tax since 21 July 2019.
The transport authorities also imposed of Rs 100 under section 177 related to the general offence, Rs 500 for disobedience of order/obstruction under section 179 (1), and Rs 1,000 for violation of pollution norms under section 192 (2).
The truck owner also needs to pay penalty of Rs 5,000 each for carrying passengers in a cargo vehicle under section 192 (a) and using the vehicle without a permit under section 196, as well as Rs 1,000 for plying the vehicle without insurance.