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After Gujarat, Karnataka to slash traffic violation fines

Bengaluru | Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has also announced a cut in the fines imposed for traffic violations under the amended Motor Vehicles Act.

A day after the Gujarat government announced a drastic cut in the penalties for traffic violations under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, BJP-led Karnataka government seems to follow suit.

In some cases the reduction in Gujarat is as steep as Rs 1,000 from Rs 10,000.

“Regarding the cut in the penalties for violation of traffic rules under motor vehicle act, we will get the orders of the Gujarat government. I have instructed our officials that we will follow that order here also. Mostly in about two-three days like in Gujarat, here also we will try to cut the penalties that are high,” Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “What Gujarat has done, it has come in papers. I will get that order copy and do it. I will see to it that it (penalty) is not too heavy.”

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.

However, a higher amount of imposition seems to have stirred controversy. In one of the cases, a truck driver was fined upto Rs 83,000.

Announcing the cut in penalties in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said that the fine amount for different violations proposed under the Central law is the upper limit.

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