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    Long Road Ahead

    To crack the whip on traffic laws violations, the central government has implemented the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019. The Act came into effect on September 1st, 2019. The Act has drawn concern among the motorists across the nation with steep penalties under 63 clauses.

    Many state governments are not convinced with the high penalties. The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Gujarat, NDA ruled Telangana, Congress-ruled Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, Trinamool Congress’ West Bengal and Aam Aadmi Party-governed Delhi have voiced against the Act’s implementation and constituted committees to ‘soften’ the impact on motorists. Gujarat was the first state in the country to put the implementation of the Act on hold saying that the penalty amounts unfeasible.

    In Gurugram, a biker was fined Rs 23,000 and trucker Rs 59,000 while an autorickshaw driver was challaned Rs 47,500 for multiple offences in Odisha recently. On the other hand, on September 3rd, 2019, a driver of a truck moving from Nagaland was fined with a whopping Rs 86,500 for violating traffic rule in Odisha.

    The Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari justified the steep fines by saying that he wants Indians to fear the law. But the question is whether his idea will work to control the motorists who lack civic sense.

    Guwahati, the gateway to the Northeast India and the South East Asia, is also not different as far as traffic law violations are concerned. Riding two wheelers without wearing helmets, performing stunts on the city streets, driving without wearing seat belt, rush driving, jumping red light, excessive honking etc are common sights in the city. But, at the same time, people urged the government to install signal lights, repair the roads and build more parking places.

    Hence, it is also important to look into other related things along with the high penalties. Proper parking slots, traffic signal lights and good roads should also be constructed for smooth vehicular movement and traffic management.

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