Traffic fines hiked to save lives, ignore those who grumble: VK Singh

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September 12, 2019 7:46 PM

Many states in the country, including those ruled by the BJP, have refused to enforce the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, or have decided to water down its penalty provisions.

Union Minister of State for Road Transport V K Singh (File photo)Union Minister of State for Road Transport V K Singh (File photo)

The fines for traffic offences were hiked to save lives, and those who find them too high should be ignored, Union Minister of State for Road Transport V K Singh said here on Thursday. Many states in the country, including those ruled by the BJP, have refused to enforce the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, or have decided to water down its penalty provisions.

“Human life is precious. So the government has hiked the penalties for traffic offences. It will bring respect for traffic rules and save lives,” the former Army chief said. “Let the people who consider the fines dearer than people’s lives comment,” he said, speaking to reporters.

The BJP-ruled Gujarat announced reduction between 25 to 90 per cent in the fines prescribed under the amended MV Act two days ago. The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved a reduction in fines. Singh had come to Gwalior to meet cabinet colleague Narendra Singh Tomar who lost his mother recently.

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