The committee appointed by Supreme Court has strongly criticized the state government for slashing fines imposed by the central government for traffic offenses. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, who was appointed by the Supreme Court to lead action plans to reduce road accidents, turned against the state government at the review meeting.
Justice Abhay was here to assess the road safety plans in the state. He asked if the reduction in fines was to encourage offenders. He said such measures would not be beneficial in a state with high road accidents and fatalities. He made his points clear in front of the Transport Principal Secretary K.R. Jyothilal and Transport Commissioner Ajith Kumar.
In 2019, the central government had increased fines for various traffic offenses. The state government has reduced the fines for driving under the influence of alcohol. The minimum fine was fixed at Rs 1,000 and the state at Rs 500. The state exercised its power to impose fines (compounding).
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