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Twin City Commissionerate Police collected a fine of more than Rs 2 lakh from traffic rule violators

Bhubaneswar: 2/9/19:The Twin City Commissionerate Police collected a fine of more than Rs 2 lakh in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from traffic rule violators on the first day of implementation of the new MV Act, yesterday, official sources said.

During enforcement drive, a fine of Rs 2,13,000 was collected from 312 violators. The drive will be intensified in the next few days, sources added.

Notably, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was cleared by Parliament last month, has come into effect, under which higher penalties will be applicable throughout India for traffic rule violation.

If one is caught driving without a seat-belt, it will cost a fine of Rs 1,000, which was earlier Rs 100. If one is caught driving while using a mobile phone, it will invite a fine of between Rs 1,000-5,000. Earlier it was Rs 1,000.

Drunken driving earlier used to a invite fine of Rs 2,000. Now, it has been hiked to Rs 10,000. In another welcome move, a driver can be fined Rs 10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles like ambulance and fire brigade.

Earlier, one had to shell out a meager Rs 500 for driving without a license. Under the new law, that has multiplied to Rs 5,000. For those continuing to drive despite disqualification, the fine has been raised from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.

Taxi aggregators violating license laws will have to shell out a bomb in the shape of Rs 1 lakh. Overspeeding – a common issue on the road – will now invite a penalty of between Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000.

For those who drive without insurance, there will be consequences in the form of a fine of Rs 2,000; those driving without helmets will have to pay Rs 1,000 and may face a three-month suspension of their license. The government has also said that overloading of vehicles will now draw a penalty of Rs 20,000.

Also, the guardian will be held responsible for any road offense by any under-age driver. The guardian will have to pay Rs 25,000, as well as undergo three years in jail and the registration will be cancelled.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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