New Delhi | A truck driver and owner have been imposed a fine of over Rs 2 lakh for multiple traffic rule violations under the new Motor Vehicles Amendment Act.
While the driver was fined Rs. 1.31 lakh for overloading and other traffic violations, the owner was asked to shell out Rs. 69,500 as a penalty.
The truck, which is registered in Haryana– was fined at the GT Karnal Road on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, a truck owner had to pay Rs. 1,41,000 in Rajasthan for violating several traffic rules.
The new amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act have created an uproar among the citizens as well as Opposition political parties.
Several Opposition-ruled states like Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal have already rejected the proposal. Madhya Pradesh and Kerala will also be following suit.
Whereas, some BJP-led states have also announced that they will not implement the said changes. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka have contradicted the Centre.
Talking to NDTV on Wednesday, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari justified the fines, saying they were imposed to save lives lost every year in road accidents.
“It’s time that the country thinks about saving lives…1,50,000 people get killed on the roads in a year and 65 per cent of them are 18-35 years old. They haven’t been killed in terror strikes or riots.This (the new law), was done to save lives. That is my first objective, but I need the cooperation of state governments. This should be above parties and state governments.”
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