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New traffic rules to be enforced again from December 1

Bhubaneswar: The traffic regulations and collection of fines for violation of norms under the amended Motor Vehicles Act-2019 which were relaxed for three months will once again be strictly enforced from December 1, said Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabh Behera on Friday.

The State Government had implemented the Act on September 1, but deferred it till December 6 in view of public resentment against it due to high penalty amounts.

“People’s safety is the main concern of the State Government. Odisha has already relaxed traffic norms for three months. It will be enforced again from December 1,” Behera told media persons.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on September 9 asked the enforcement agencies not to go on overdrive for three months but counsel and handhold the people to facilitate compliance.

The Odisha Government has collected more than Rs 1 crore as traffic penalty in two months since the implementation of the new amended Act in September and October.

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