Bhubaneswar: The State Government once again extended the deadline to impose the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 by three more months. The State Government had implemented the Act on September 1, but deferred it till December 6 following the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera informed the Assembly that this extension is being given for the last time and no further extension will be granted.
“Based on the feedback received from various parts of the State during enforcement of amended MV Act, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had allowed three months to the public to ensure compliance to various provisions of the Act,” said the Minister.
However, there will be strict enforcement against dangerous life threatening actions like drunken driving, over speeding, driving against flow of traffic, using mobile while driving, dangerous driving, triple riding on two wheeler, over loading, jumping red light, no helmet and seatbelt.
Earlier in the day, BJD and Congress members demanded in the Assembly that the re-enforcement of the new traffic rules be extended for another few months since people are facing problems at Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in getting requisite documents.
BJD member Debi Prasad Mishra, Pradip Maharathy and Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati urged Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro to instruct the Government in this regard.
Later, the Speaker said that the Government may consider its decision on re-implantation of the new fines.