If you thought that hefty fines have become the norm after the introduction of the new Motor Vehicles Act, then you ought to learn about this incident being reported from Odisha’s Sambalpur in Odisha where a Nagaland-registered truck was fined a whopping Rs 6.53 lakh for seven traffic violations.

The most glaring part of the news is that the amount of fine was calculated before the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 came into effect on September 1.

According to the sources, the fine was imposed on August 10 and the matter came to light only on Saturday. Sambalpur Regional Transport Office (RTO) issued the challan to Dillip Karta, the driver, and Shailesh Shankar Lal Gupta, the truck owner. The truck had the registration number NL 08 D 7079.

Out of the Rs 6.53 lakh, the truck owner was fined Rs 6, 40, 500 for not paying road tax for five years, from July 21, 2014 to September 30, 2019 under Odisha Motor Vehicles Taxation (OMVT) Act. The RTO also levied fine for not carrying documents, including vehicle insurance, violating air and noise pollution, carrying passengers on a goods vehicle, and violating permit conditions, sources added.

As per the challan copy, besides the road tax penalty, the RTO has fined the truck owner Rs 100 for general offence, Rs 500 for disobedience of orders/obstruction, Rs 1, 000 for violating air and noise pollution, and Rs 5,000 for carrying passengers in a goods vehicle.

Besides, Rs 5,000 was charged for using the vehicle without permit or violating permit conditions and Rs 1,000 for plying without insurance.

(With IANS inputs)