The recent amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act has raised the amount of fines to a surprising price, considering which the Uttarakhand cabinet has cleared a proposal to reduce some of the penalties revised by the Centre for traffic rule violations.

Gujarat and Karnataka governments have already decided to reduce penalties for traffic violations under the Act. Though the penalties for several offences under the revised act are being reduced by half, it has been decided not to relax fines for driving without wearing helmets, speeding or tripling on two wheelers, state government spokesman Madan Kaushik told reporters after the Cabinet meeting late on Wednesday evening.

Kaushik, who is also Uttarakhand’s Urban Development Minister, said the fine for driving by an unauthorised person or a minor earlier was Rs1000 which was revised to Rs5000 by the Centre recently which is being reduced to Rs2,500. The fine for driving while talking on a mobile handset is also being halved from Rs5000 to Rs2500 in the state, he said. The penalty for using a wrong number plate in Uttarakhand will also be Rs5000 instead Rs10,000. Those driving without licence in Uttarakhand will have to shell out Rs2,500 as fine in place of Rs5000. The fine for not giving pass to an ambulance or fire brigade has also been amended from Rs10,000 to Rs5000, Kaushik said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already called the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 “very harsh” and has decided not to implement it in Bengal. “We are not implementing the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, which was passed recently in the Parliament, at present in West Bengal because it is very harsh. Of course we are going for a “Safe Drive Save Life” campaign,” the Trinamool Congress leader told journalists at the State Secretariat.

(With inputs from PTI)