Tamil Nadu to partially implement changes in the Motor Vehicles Act
Ambiguity over implementation of the amended Motor Vehicle Act in Tamil Nadu will soon come to an end. As many as 26 clauses which prescribed hefty penalty for various traffic offences will be implemented in Tamil Nadu in another few days. A notification to this effect is expected to be issued soon. The decision was aimed at increasing the adherence to traffic rules so as to reduce the road accidents in the State.
The official added that feedback from various States which implemented the MV act since September 1 has been taken into account. “The decision by a few States to cut the fine amount for a few traffic offences will be taken into account before arriving at the final decision,” said the official. Last month the Union government amended 93 clauses in Motor Vehicle Act which deals with penalties for traffic violations, registration of vehicles, national transport policy and vehicle designs.
Followed by this, 63 clauses of MV Act has been extended across India effective from September 1st. The Union Ministry stated that these clauses didn’t required separate Central rules for implementation. Since the act notified by Union government, penalties as per the provisions in the amendment act can be collected by district magistrates, said officials.
About 37 clauses which interferes with the State’s policy related matters including offences committed by juveniles and other provisions which impose huge penalties on vehicle dealers and transport aggregators may not get implemented in the State.
The other provisions which prescribes penalty of Rs 40,000 for trucks for not stopping for weighing, Rs 20,000 fine for overloading of vehicle and Rs 10,000 for not allowing free flow of emergency vehicle being scrutinized by the State government, said official sources.