Karnataka government on Saturday slashed the penalties for traffic related offences which were imposed earlier this month when the new Motor Vehicles Act, 2019 came into force.

The Karnataka Transport Department issued a notification to this effect on Saturday specifying the reduced penalties for offences for traffic violation that would be applicable in the state here onwards.

Fine for not wearing helmet not wearing seatbelt was reduced from Rs 1000 to Rs 500. Fine on driving without license was reduced from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1,000 for two-wheelers and three wheelers and Rs 2,000 for four wheelers.

However, penalties for crimes like over-speeding, drunk and driving and racing remained unchanged.

The notification stated that “the rates have been slashed in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 200 of the Motor Vehicles act, 1988 (Central act 59 of 1988) read with section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897.”

Meanwhile a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office directed the Karnataka State officials to study the Gujarat model of revised traffic penalties to see the feasibility to implement the same in Karnataka.

While the fines led to positive changes in the state as more than 5 lakh people obtained their PUC i.e., emission certificates for their vehicles in just two week time, the penalties caused heavy burden on the people said officials.

Incidentally, the ruling BJP at the Centre had passed the new motor vehicles act with increased penalty amount and it is the BJP rules states that are running in the forefront to reduce the fines.

Other states like Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal put the new rules with heavy penalties on hold.

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