Won't implement 'very harsh' new Motor Vehicles Act: Mamata

Kolkata, Sep 12 (IANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday categorically said her government will not implement the new stringent Motor Vehicle Act as it would add to the people's burden.

"We are not going to impose the heavy penalties which the amended rules of the MVA decree, as these are very harsh and will overburden the people. But we have a 'Safe Drive, Safe Life' campaign because of which number of accidents has come down," she told the media at the state secretariat Nabanna.

The Chief Minister said levying heavy monetary penalty on the people was not the solution, and suggested the issue be seen from a "humanitarian point of view".

She said her party opposed the amendments to the act during the discussion in parliament and contended that it militates against the country's federal structure.


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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Thu, Sep 12 2019

    implement new motor vehicle act.
    Those who are against the new motor vehicles act, they are defending wrong doing riders/drivers/owners.

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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 12 2019

    The fines should be in line with the average income of people. Just because foreign countries have high fines (When you convert it to Indian currency) Does not mean we should have the same in India. They earn higher wages there and their fines are accordingly higher. 50,000 Rs for speeding where their income is 3 Lakh per month. But when the income is 20,000 Rs and the fine is 30,000 Rs, what is the family supposed to eat!

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 12 2019

    How will we improve as a country with this kind of attitude. May be they have to tone down fines for some mistakes which are possible inadvertently. But what is the justification for drunken driving, driving without licence, overloading, driving on the wrong side on highways, driving with forged licence plate, underage driving, driving without insurance, etc.. Very sad.

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