Govt penalising common man, turning away from responsibility of strengthening infrastructure: Kesri
Jammu, September 18: Shiv Sena Hindustan (SSH) on Wednesday came out against the hefty fines imposed for violations under the amended act. In a press statement issued here, Shiv Sena Hindustan National Vice President Pt Rajesh Kesri said the stiff penalties were 'unscientific' and would result in corruption. He alleged that the BJP-led NDA government had 'unilaterally' imposed the huge fines without consulting the state governments. Kesri said that hefty fines imposed for violations under the amended act would put additional burden on the common man. He said that strict enforcement of existing rules and not the imposition of fines was what was needed.
"The number of increasing road accidents should be reduced. Effective interventions should be made for that. But the imposition of hefty fines will only lead to corruption. Necessary changes should be made in the MV Act considering all these factors," Kesri said. Pointing out that state governments had limitations in intervening in the Central acts, Kesri said the government in the state should examine what it can do legally in this regard. He criticised the government for implementing the amended MV Act in the state without any mercy.
Instead of implementing the existing motor vehicles rules effectively, the government was "penalising" people imposing hefty fines, which cannot be accepted, he said in a statement. He also urged the government not to charge steep fines in the state as prescribed in the amended act. Under the new law, people will be fined Rs 10,000 for drunken driving, which was earlier Rs 2,000. The fine for dangerous driving has gone up from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.
Kesri accused the government of penalising the common man while turning away from its own responsibility of strengthening the infrastructure. Instead of levying hefty fines, the government should think about improving infrastructure and public transport systems. Instead of fines after traffic violations, the government must strengthen the licensing procedure so that only people with proper training drive on the roads," Kesri said. He raised a concern about the "insensitive" fines during emergency cases. "Hefty fine on traffic violations is fine, but the police must exhibit sensitive behaviour toward people who might be facing a medical emergency," Kesri said.