Bhubaneswar, September 9 (LocalWire): In view of the state-wide resentment against levying of hefty penalties as per the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, the Government of Odisha today announced a three-month relaxation in aggressive implementation of the amended rules.
The decision has been taken to allow the police to create better awareness and provide adequate time to the vehicle owners to ensure compliance .
“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the enforcement agencies not to aggressively go on overdrive but rather counsel and handhold the public to facilitate compliance with the amended provisions of MV Act,” a release issued by the Chief Minister’s office stated.
The Transport Department has been directed to augment public services, strengthen the facilitation centers, open extra counters, and conduct camps in public institutions to enable the motor vehicle users to update their compliance status.
Massive road safety awareness campaign will also be carried out to sensitize public on the new norms.
Patnaik also requested all motor vehicle users to obey traffic rules and desist from dangerous driving that endangers their lives along with others.
The rules under the amended MV Act 2019 were being strictly enforced across the country since 1 September with violators made to cough up heavy penalties.
An auto-rickshaw driver was levied Rs 47,500 penalty under the amended provisions of motor vehicles act for multiple violations of the Act. Similarly, a woman scooty rider was levied Rs 31,000 fine under the amended law.
The penalties on drunken driving, driving without a license, helmetless driving, over-speeding, overloading, reckless driving has been hiked manifold as per the amended act to ensure road safety and curb road accident fatalities.
The strict MV act enforcement had triggered a major law and order situation in Bhubaneswar on 7 September with police resorting to lathi-charge to disperse an assembly of agitated people.
The people were locked in a confrontation with police to protest against the levying of hefty fine on traffic violators and harassment by the traffic police.