MV Act: Delhi minister says govt will take 'conscious' call on reducing fines1 min read . Updated: 11 Sep 2019, 09:52 PM IST
- However, the minister clarified that the Delhi govt is not planning to 'dilute' the hiked penalties as of now
- The govt is closely observing the initiatives of other states and at any stage, if it is convinced about reducing fines for certain offences, it will do the needful, the minister said
New Delhi: Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday said the Kejriwal government wants to provide some respite to its citizens from steep penalties imposed under new norms of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019.
The minister said the government will take a “conscious" decision on it soon. However, he clarified that the city government is not planning to "dilute" the hiked penalties as of now.
Earlier today, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had said the states were free to make amendments in the penalties under the new motor vehicle act. The statement comes after some states, including Gujarat and Maharashtra, expressed dissent over its implementation in totality, as the new norms led to hefty fines on traffic violators.
The Delhi transport minister said the AAP government will soon take “conscious" call after taking feedback from various stakeholders, including the city traffic police. “The government is closely observing the initiatives of other states and at any stage, if it is convinced about reducing penalties for certain offences, it will do the needful," he added.
"The government wants to give respite (to the people). But, the areas where the (Delhi) government has powers have to be examined. The Motor Vehicles Act comes under the Central list and if the Union government makes any amendment, it prevails over the powers of the state." "Though state governments have certain discretionary powers to ease the penalties with respect to certain offences as per the new Motor Vehicles Act, as of now the Delhi government is not mulling to dilute them since the stringent measures are meant to ensure road safety," the minister said.
Speaking about the heavy rush for obtaining pollution under check certificates, the minister said his department has taken several measures to meet the heavy rush for the PUC certificates. The government has enhanced the capacity of the server and now it can process more than 6,000 PUC certificate applications per hour as against 3,200 earlier, the minister added.
The minister said PUC centres at Delhi Transport Corporation terminals have been asked to keep open from 11 am till 7 pm to cater the private vehicles. The government is also planning to open more PUC centres to meet the rush and hence has invited applications for the same. Currently the national capital has 940 PUC centres.