Bhubaneswar: BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb on Sunday said that the State Government will check for any errors in implementation of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 while refuting the allegations that the Act has not been executed in other States.
Deb said that the Act is a countrywide law and all States are bound to implement it, while some States have executed it immediately few others will do it after some consideration. If there are any issues faced by the public after implementation of the Act, the State Government will consider it and intimate the Centre of any required amendments.
Earlier today, Congress MLA Suresh Kumar Routray had alleged that the new MV Act is yet to be implemented in BJP-ruled Gujarat and neither in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. He said while the States have given some time to their citizens prior to implementation of the Act, the police officers in Odisha are practicing the rule of baton to impose the Act.
Routray asserted that Odisha is a poor State and 80 per cent people riding motorbikes are from poor and middle class families. Collecting hefty fines from them is not acceptable.
While BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan was of similar view, he clarified that Gujarat is presently considering the amount of fines to be collected towards violations of MV Act. The decision is to be taken by the Transport Department, decision in this regard will be taken soon and the Act implemented accordingly.
Harichandan also alleged that the new MV Act is sometimes being misused. Though Police Commissioner clarified about execution of the Act yesterday, it would have been better if he had made it clear earlier. Even police personnel are not aware about the offences and the penalty amounts to be collected against each offence under the new MV Act.
He said that while the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 has its own benefits, harassing people and collecting hefty fines from them in name of the Act is wrong. Police should think amicably before imposing such fines and people should also cooperate in implementation of the Act as it is for their own safety.