Charging a man with a fine of Rs. 23,000 Gurugram Police created history after the New Motor Vehicle Act came into effect. The massive fine while invited criticism from a few but has brought admiration from many who argue that this will help to stop traffic violations in the country.
Dinesh Madan, a resident of Delhi, was shocked to see the fine police have charged him. The challan was worth Rs 23,000 for flouting several rules including driving without a license, driving without a registration certificate and for driving without third party insurance.
“I am shocked and have not been able to sleep at night as it is not a small amount but a very big one. I was not carrying the documents with me and I told them (the police) that the documents are at home post which they asked me to have them brought over in 10 minutes. I informed that I am a resident of Delhi and we are near the Gurugram court, so how will I be able to get them? …Then they asked for my keys and said that it (Madan’s vehicle) is going to be impounded.”
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to enforce stricter penalties for road traffic violations came into effect from September 1, 2019. The legislation was previously introduced in 2017 but couldn’t pass the Rajya Sabha and lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. The 2019 Bill was tabled in both the houses by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.