New Delhi: As states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are looking to revise fines laid out in the new Motor Vehicles Act, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has no such plans.
“Though the state governments have discretionary powers to ease the penalties with respect to certain offences in the new MV Act, the Delhi government is not mulling diluting them because the stringent measures are meant to ensure road safety," said Kailash Gahlot, Delhi’s transport minister, during a press conference on Wednesday.
Since implementation of the new rules, several BJP states, including Gujarat and Karnataka, have moved to dilute fines. According to news reports, other BJP-led states, including Uttarakhand, are also planning to follow suit.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress is on friendly terms with the AAP, has said her government will not implement the harsh penalties.
“We are observing the initiatives by other states as well as consulting stakeholders. At any stage, if the Delhi government is convinced about reducing penalties for certain offences, we shall do so," Gahlot added.
The new rules, which came into effect on 1 September, have increased fines steeply for most offences.
To reduce the rush for pollution checking centres, the Delhi government has announced remedial measures, including increasing work hours from 7 am to 10 pm and opening more of them.