States move to dilute Motor Vehicles Act, show it’s easy to break rules and endanger lives of people

Prime News, National (New Delhi), September 12:- In a bid to inculcate good driving habits, curb traffic violations and instil the fear of law, the Central government amended the Motor Vehicles Act, which came into effect on September 1, 2019. With extremely steep and heavy penalties for road traffic violations, the Act should have been a welcome step. But several state governments have decided to either not implement the same or have gone ahead and reduced the penalties by as much as 90 per cent.

Gujarat, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal are some of the states which have not backed the Centre’s move. Such a lackadaisical and careless attitude gives out a message that it is very easy to break the law in India and get away with it. The lenient stand by these states also reveals that vote bank politics and image of the government is more important for political parties than the lives of people using the road. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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