GOA: Motorists in Goa will now have to think twice before violating any traffic rules as the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, which will attract larger sums of money as penalties, is likely to be implemented from the second week of January. The state cabinet is expected to take a decision on its implementation on Wednesday.
We will start implementing the new MV Act from second week of January. The proposal will be placed before the cabinet on Wednesday.
The transport department will subsequently hold an exhaustive press conference over the nitty-gritty of the act’s enforcement. Chief minister Pramod Sawant had earlier asked the department to place a proposal of implementation before the cabinet.
The new law came into force from September 1, 2019, and all states were expected to implement it. But after some governments, including Gujarat and Uttarakhand, raised concerns about some of the hiked fines, they were permitted to lower penalties for certain traffic violations. Earlier this year, however, the Centre announced that no state could lower traffic penalties below the prescribed level as the act was a parliamentary legislation and state governments could not pass any law or take executive action unless the President’s assent was obtained to the related state law.
The central legislation has since been enforced in other parts of the country, but the Goa government deferred it after members of the general public lashed out over the decrepit condition of roads across the state. At many places, roads that were dug up either for expansion of highways or for laying of cables or sewerage lines, were not restored to their original condition.
A senior government official said the government will no longer be able to seek another extension to enforce the new MV Act as most of the roads in the state have now been repaired and also because other states have already begun implementing it.
The News24 Goa