Maharashtra will put a stay the Motor Vehicle Act: Diwkar Raote

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari defending Motor Vehicle Act had said: “Our intention was not to impose heavy penalties on people but to bring road disciplines.”


Mumbai – Maharashtra transport minister Diwakar Raote on Thursday said the State Government was not in favour of penalising traffic rule violators with hefty fines as per the amendment of motor vehicles Act. The state government was free to take its own decision on implementation of the amendment Act which came into effect from 1st September.

“We have taken our decision that we are not of the opinion to penalise traffic rule violators with hefty challans. I am personally too against the move,” he said.

Raote, a senior Shiv Sena leader was talking to reporters after Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray laid the foundations stone of modernisation of the central office of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in Mumbai central and other facilities including an electric bus “Shivai”.

CM Devendra Fadnavnis was also scheduled to attend the programme, but could not come as he was busy with the swearing-in ceremony of the new governor at Raj Bhavan said Raote.

Thackeray said, “The Model code of conduct is expected to be in force in the next eight to ten days”.

“The next government will be ours. I thank the CM for expanding all co-operation to the transport department despite it being with the Sena” he said.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari last week on Thursday defended the government and said: “Our intention was not to impose heavy penalties on people but to bring road disciplines for preventing loss of lives through accidents”.

The new motor vehicles law includes several stringent measures to increase awareness of safety and road behaviour.

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