Close on the heels of Gujarat government's decision to reduce fines for violation of traffic rules for the state, now the West Bengal government has decided not to implement the amended Motor vehicles Act.
It provides for stiff fines for traffic violations, and it is "too harsh" on the people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.
Can't put a huge burden on people: Mamata
"We are not implementing the amended Motor Vehicle Act right now because our government officials are of the opinion that if we implement it, then it will be a huge burden on the people. It is very harsh," she told reporters here.
Unilateral decision harms people: Mamata
The TMC supremo said that her party had opposed the amendments to the Act in Parliament, saying it was against the federal structure of the government.
"We raised the matter in the Parliament as it was interfering with the federal structure. You cannot take a unilateral decision that can harm the people," Banerjee remarked.
Road safety, public awareness need of the hour: Mamata
Noting that money is not the solution, the Chief Minister said that the issue needs to be looked at from a humanitarian point of view.
Banerjee said that her government has already initiated the 'Safe Drive Save Life' programme, which is aimed at road safety.
Last month, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had notified the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, which was implemented in several states from September 1. The law enforces heavy fines and stricter penalties for traffic violations. There have been several instances where people have coughed up hefty fines for traffic violations in many parts of the country.
(With ANI inputs)