Berhampur, September 3 (LocalWire): With the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 from 1 September, the local traffic police will be intensifying checking of vehicles in Berhampur and its adjoining areas in Ganjam district.
The traffic police were lenient in strictly executing the new law that mandates stricter punishments and heavy penalty for offenders on Monday due to Ganesh Chaturthi celebration.
According to reports, at least two e-challan machines have been made available to the Berhampur police and the experts from regional transport office provided training on how to use the new machines to the personnel on last Sunday.
“We will intensify the checking on the basis of the new Bill,” said a senior police officer.
Ganjam regional transport authorities and police had issued over 171 challans to the traffic violators on Sunday, the first day of implementation of the new Act. While a penalty over Rs 2.70 lakh was collected from the offenders, drivers of both two- and four-wheeled vehicles, the penalty of Rs 2.03 lakh is pending payment by the offenders, sources said.
“The highest amount of Rs 49,000 penalty was imposed on a truck owner from Andhra Pradesh on the first day.
The Andhra Pradesh bound truck was fined Rs 5,000 for unsafe condition of loading, Rs 4000 for driving at excess speed, Rs 10,000 for violation of noise pollution, Rs 5000 for dangerous driving, Rs 5,000 for disobeying the traffic authorities, and Rs 20,000 for overloading,” Ganjam regional transport officer (RTO) SK Biswal informed.
Similarly, Rs 24,500 was imposed on a bike rider under the Act for violating the traffic rule. The motorbike rider was penalized Rs 10,000 for riding a motorcycle without the registration number, Rs 10,000 for driving without a driving license, Rs 2000 for no vehicle insurance, Rs 2000 for talking on the mobile phone while driving, and Rs 500 as general fine, he said.
“Since the motorbike rider has no registration, we establish the owner of the motorcycle from the number of its engine and receipt from of the sale of motorcycle,” the RTO said.
The vehicle was not registered as he had purchased it only last one month, the offender told the traffic personnel.
The RTO also informed that an awareness campaign had been launched by the department and hoardings have been put at strategic locations about the enhanced penalty to create awareness among the vehicle users.
Before implementing the new Act, they also imposed the penalty on over 100 offenders in the Silk City. The offenders were identified in the control room set up at the Berhampur Municipal Corporation as part of the Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) of the civic body.
The Urban Development minister Pratap Jena had inaugurated the ITMS last week.