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Odisha likely to extend December 1 deadline on new fines for traffic violations

28/11/2019 at 2:30 PM

Bhubaneswar: The deadline for the re-enforcement of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 is likely to be extended in Odisha. The State Government had implemented the Act on September 1, but relaxed it for three months till December following the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“Heavy rush is being witnessed in RTO offices for obtaining requisite documents. In view of public rush at RTO offices across Odisha, the State Government is rethinking on its decision to re-implement the new traffic rules from December 1. We are closely monitoring the situation,” said Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera today.

The Minister said if necessary the Government may extend the deadline.

Traffic regulations and collection of hefty fines for violation of norms under amended Motor Vehicles Act-2019 which were relaxed for three months will once again be strictly enforced from December 1, if the State Government does not reconsider its decision.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on September 9 directed concerned agencies not to go on overdrive for three months in view of massive public resentment over collection of hefty fines.

Under the amended Act, violations such as drunken driving attract a fine of Rs 10,000 while penalty for driving without a licence attracts Rs 5,000. Similarly, not wearing helmet while riding two-wheeler attracts fine of Rs 1,000.

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