Re-enforcement of new MV Act relaxed by another 3 months in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In a huge relief for motorists, Odisha government today relaxed re-enforcement of new Motor Vehicles (MV) Act for another three months in the state.

The traffic rules under the new MV Act will be relaxed by three more months, informed Commerce & Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera.

The decision to extend new traffic rules relaxation was taken by approval of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in view of heavy rush of applicants for driving licence at RTOs across the state ahead of November 30 deadline.

With the latest announcement, now the vehicle owners and drivers will have additional 3 months time to keep their documents including driving licence ready.

However, the violators in case of drunken driving and rash driving will be punished under existing traffic rules.

Also, persons will be fined for triple riding, driving without wearing helmet and seat belt, the minister said.

The authorities were to re-enforce the fine structures under new MV Act from December 1, 2019.

However, the decision brought huge relief for the applicants, who were seen in a long beeline at the regional transport offices to avail motor vehicles documents.

The deadline for traffic rule relaxation was scheduled to end on November 30, 2019 after enforcement of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 in Odisha.

Worth mentioning, Odisha had implemented the law on September 1, 2019. The government had given relaxation to vehicle owners and drivers asking them to prepare their documents within 3 months. However, the last-minute rush at RTOs compelled the authorities to rethink over the decision before re-enforcement of the Act.

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