Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will take a call on the quantum of penalty for violations under the new Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) after studying notifications issued by other States, revealed a senior official of the Transport department here today.
“This is a Central Act, we are studying what other States are doing on it. We will study notifications issued by other States and based on the findings we will take a call,” said G Srinivas, Transport Secretary responding to queries by the media on whether the State government was planning to slash penalties under the Motor Vehicles Act by half as has been done by the BJP led Gujarat government.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today while defending the recent hike in traffic fines, described it as a deterrent which will promote road safety and avert accidents and added,”If state governments want to reduce it (fines), they are welcome to do so”.
The Transport secretary was on a surprise visit to the Regional Transport Office (RTO)-1 here today to check/review steps undertaken for fast-tracking issuance of driving licences and other documents to the people.
“We had instructed for taking steps to fast-track processing and issuance of DLs (Driving Licences) and LLs (Learning Licences). We want people to get their DLs and LLs without hassles. I had come to review that. We have doubled the centres here and these are working till nine in the evening but still there is rush. We are working on how counters can be further increased and things can be streamlined so that people get their papers easily.We are receiving complaints that middlemen are acting as facilitators. We are working on how to stop that,” informed Srinivas.
Reacting to a query by newsmen on whether checking of vehicles would continue the Transport secretary said:”We have instructed for relaxation of enforcement for documents but not for drunken driving, three persons riding a bike, you don’t need a certificate for this”.