‘Traffic rule violators cannot dodge penalty’

Bhubaneswar: Even after extension of deadline for re-enforcement of new Motor Vehicles (MV) Act in Odisha, there will be no penalty exemption for violating traffic rules in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Twin City from tomorrow.

The challans will be issued to vehicle owners if found violating traffic rules, informed Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi.

If the violators cannot pay penalty on the spot, they can deposit the amount at Commissionerate Police office counter later. If anyone is found floating the norms by dodging the challan, the penalty will be added to the vehicle owner’s name at RTO.

“The violators will have to pay fine with interest when the violator visits RTO to pay tax or renewal or to avail fitness certificate,” Sarangi said during a presser.

The police officials have been asked to refrain from unnecessary arguments with the violators during checking at various points.

For transparency, the Commissionerate police is issuing the challans through e-machine, he said adding, “No manual challan is being issued to traffic rule violations.”

“Besides, our efforts are on to bring all the traffic areas under CCTV coverage and on-duty officers to carry body camera during checking. It will help us to investigate into allegations of police excesses if leveled against cops during frisking,” Sarangi said.

Even if the police personnel deployed for checking do not catch the offenders on spot, the violators will also pay penalty.

“The challan will be issued to the violators at their address after verifying the CCTV footage,” he added.

Moreover, Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera asked people to prepare required documents in next three months before re-enforcement of the new MV Act in Odisha.

“The relaxation for re-implementation of new MV Act has been extended for three months in view of last-minute rush at RTOs across the state. During the period, the vehicle owners need to keep their documents ready. However, the traffic rules will be stricter from December 1,” he said.

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