The government told the Lok Sabha that it has no plans to bring more amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act while confirming that road accidents and fatalities have reduced.
This was stated by Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari while replying to a question from CPI MP M. Selvaraj.
Gadkari said the ministry has not received any information from any state that they are not implementing the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Citing statistics, Gadkari said in September-October, 2018, Uttar Pradesh saw 1,503 road fatalities while in the same period in 2019, the figure came down by 9.8 percent to 1,355.
Gujarat saw a 13.8 percent reduction in fatalities from 557 to 480, while in Bihar there were 411 deaths, down by 10.5 percent, from 459 in September-October, 2018, he said.
Motor Vehicle Act of 2019 came into force in the month of September. The new amended Act imposed huge fines and penalties on the offenders. Those violating the traffic rules need to be more aware and cautious while driving. A month after its enforcement the states continue to oppose the steep fines levied by the Centre. Out of the 28 states and 9 union territories only 5 states have implemented the Act to date. Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka, and Assam are the only few which have implemented the MV Act, 2019.
Other states are also going to notify the revised fines in the upcoming months. Transport departments of states such as Rajasthan and Bihar have forwarded the proposal with revised fines to the respective governments. Bihar government would be notifying the new rules soon. Rajasthan government is also going to do the same in the near future but it would be reducing some of the fines and penalties.
On the other hand states such as Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Haryana show no signs of an early rollout. These states would at least take 3 months to implement the amended MV Act, 2019.
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