The Odisha government has decided to relax the penalty norms under the new Motor Vehicles Act for a period of 30 days, beginning Friday, for air and noise pollution, following a public outcry over the imposition of heavy fines on violators of traffic rules.
On sep 7,Saturday Several persons were injured in a clash between a group of people and police in the city over imposition of heavy fines on violators of traffic rules under the new motor vehicles act.
Hundreds of commuters gathered at the Rajmahal square and gheraoed the on-duty police personnel in protest against the huge amount of challan being slapped on vehicle owners and drivers for violation of traffic rules.
The amended MV Act came into effect on September 1.It is alleged that the all such government vehicles are openly floating the norms for which other commuters across Odisha are being penalised with hefty fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act.They also detained few Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) buses and the Odisha Police vehicles alleging they were openly flouting the norms. They asked a police team, which was enforcing the Act, to produce relevant documents of the police vehicle."Rules should be equal for everyone, no matter who you are. While the government vehicles are flouting the traffic norms, the police are imposing fines on general commuters.
Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi along with other officials reached the spot to take stock of the situation. "We have not carried out any enforcement drive today. We understand the problems being faced by people. We are aware that it will take time and we are giving time to comply with necessary documents," said Sarangi."We are looking into five things -- three people riding a motorcycle, helmets, entry from the wrong side, drunken driving and use of mobile phone during driving," he said.
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