Odisha to tweak motor vehicle rules to lower fine!

Bhubaneswar: In a significant development that may bring respite for commuters, the Odisha Government is contemplating to bring in some changes in rules under the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act-2019.

Speaking to media persons, Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabh Behera informed that the state Government is weighing options to lessen the amount of fine imposed on traffic violators. Apparently, the move comes days after imposition of hefty fine for traffic violations that triggered huge outrage among public in the state.

The changes in the new fine amount may be decided after a review meeting to be held tomorrow, sources said.

“We realised that the fine amounts are too high. Though we can not change the act as it has been introduced by the Centre, we might change some rules under the Act and thereby bring some relaxation for the people,” said the Minister.

Plans are afoot to set up special desks to speed up license renewal process, he added.

Worth mentioning, angry commuters had a face off with police personnel at Raj Mahal Square in the state capital over vehicle frisking and collection of huge amount of penalty under the new traffic rules.

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