Odisha Govt creating fear among commuters through New MV Act: Congress

Bhubaneswar:  As RTO officials are going all out  frisking traffic violators across the state following completion of six-month relaxation period, Congress today slammed the state Government alleging that it is only creating fear among the commuters.

Reacting to the allegations of misbehaviour by police personnel during checking under the amended Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), Congress Senior leader Suresh Routray today said that the state Government is creating an environment of fear for the commuters.  “Yesterday, there were reports of misbehavior with commuters. The state Government is keen on creating troubles for the public. People  commuting to important places like hospitals and schools are facing a lot of inconvenience due to the strict enforcement of the new MV Act,” Routray said, ”

He further said, “If this continues, we will intensify our protest and gherao RTO offices throughout the state. in the coming days”

Refuting the allegations, State Transport Minister Padmanabh Behera said “We don’t encourage such behavior. All RTOs have been directed not to misbehave with any commuters during checking. Since September 2019, there has been a decline of 50% in the number of road accidents in the state due to the strict enforcement of the MV Act. We further aim to reduce the number of accidents and protect human lives,” he further added.

Worth mentioning, a whopping Rs 1.06 crore fine was collected from traffic rule violators across Odisha under the amended MV Act in the past  24 hours. The six-month relaxation period came to an end on February 29, 2020.


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