Motor Vehicles Act: Road safety experts urge Centre to increase fines gradually

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Road safety experts have praised the Centre for bringing in changes to the Motor Vehicles Act, but urged it to implement hefty fines gradually, the Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

Amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act came into force on September 1. The legislation aims to remove corruption, improve road safety and use technology to regulate traffic. It also enforces stricter penalties for road traffic violations.

“The recent amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act, which brought about a steep rise in fines for traffic violations, cannot be faulted, they must be commended,” International Road Federation President KK Kapila told the Hindustan Times. “But care should be taken that the fines are imposed gradually on traffic violators in the sense that if the increased range is from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000, the first year should be Rs 250, the second year should be Rs 500 and the third year should be Rs 1,000.”

He added that the Centre must create a corpus of fund from the money collected as fines so that it can be used for road safety in the future.

“For educating traffic violators and gradual fining, we suggest that the traffic police personal should carry self-inking rubber stamps in green, red and orange colour with road safety messages and warnings to…

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