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Gujarat Reduces Fines Stipulated by New Motor Vehicle Act

States like Telangana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi have also deferred the Act’s implementation.

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government on Tuesday reduced fines stipulated in the new Motor Vehicles Act which came into force recently.

The Bill was passed by Parliament in July and its steep fines were to come into effect from September 1, though some states pushed it back saying people needed time to get acquainted with the enhanced penalties.

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Making the announcement here, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said the fines laid down in the new Act were the maximum suggested and his government had reduced them after detailed deliberations.

While the new Act stipulated a fine of Rs 1,000 for riding without a helmet, the Gujarat government on Tuesday finalised the amount at Rs 500. Similar is the case with driving a four-wheeler without wearing a seat-belt.

The penalty for driving without a licence has been brought down from Rs 5,000, as suggested by the new Act, to Rs 2,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 3,000 for four-wheelers.

Claiming that the Gujarat government was not showing leniency to traffic violators by reducing fines, Rupani pointed out that penalties fixed now are still up to ten times of that charged before the new Act came into force.

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