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Odisha: Political Leaders Welcome New MV Act

06 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: On a reality check conducted on politicians on the provisions of the new M V Act, we found that while most agreed that rules should be adhered to, many were found to be ignorant of the simple provisions in the new Act.

Many of them were found to be ignorant that the passenger seating on the front seat of a car was also required to tie the seat belt.

“My driver had tied his seat belt. But I wasn’t. I don’t know if a passenger is required to use seat belt. If the rules require so I will obey that. There should be no discrimination in imposition of fine for the rich and poor,” said Aswini Patra, BJD MLA .

“My driver had tied his seat belt. Rules should be obeyed,” said Bishnu Das, BJD MLA.

He however, fumbled when asked whether he had tied his seat belt and then jokingly said that he had double belt.

“Those who have been fined will be certainly scared to commit the offence again. Fines will work as a deterrent. People will stop violating rules. This was necessary. This will create awareness among people,” said Pradip Purohit, BJP MLA.

“I feel this is right, this will raise awareness level among our people. Earlier, since fine amounts were low, people were not taking it seriously. Now they will,” said Prafulla Mallik, Minister Steel and Mines.

"The government should have first created awareness about the new traffic rules and then should have imposed fines. Nobody is above law. This forceful extortion is no different from 'jiziya tax'. We oppose this,"said Santosh Singh Saluja, Congress MLA.