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“Can’t harass people”: Telangana refuses new Traffic rule violation fines

Hyderabad | Telangana has joined the long list of states who have refused to implement hefty fines under the new Motor Vehicles Amendment Act.

Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced that the state does not “intend to harass people”.

KCR made the announcement on Sunday and declared that Telangana will have its own law. The declaration was made by the chief minister at the ongoing budget session of the Telangana assembly.

KCR said that the state government has no intention to harass the people of Telangana with hefty penalties.

Several other states including BJP’s own ruled states have declined to implement these fines, including Gujarat and Karnataka.

The BJP government in Gujarat has reduced steep fines of Rs 10,000 to Rs 1,000 and the BS Yediyurappa government in Karnataka has said they will follow suit.

Various Opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal have also refused. Odisha has said that there will be no aggressive implementation of the new rules.

On July 31, Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving licence and imposes stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.

Higher traffic penalties have come into effect in most states across the country from September 1.

The hefty fines imposed on people has reached upto Rs 2 lakh. The move has garnered a lot of criticism from the citizens and leaders.

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