Bhubaneswar: 28/11/19:Scores of people could be seen queuing up at the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across Odisha, as the date of implementation of the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act inched closer.
While a few in the crowd were driving license applicants, the others rushed to get their lapsed vehicular papers renewed to avoid harsh penalties.
In comparison to earlier times, driving license applications have seen an increase after hefty fines were imposed following the violation of traffic rules under the newly amended Act.
Besides, due to the shortage of counters and staff, the work is getting delayed creating huge resentment among the public.
Keeping in view the rising public resentment across the state over the provision of hefty fines in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the Odisha government had an earlier relaxed implementation of the new traffic rules till December 1.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who was seen abiding the law by wearing a seat-belt while travelling in his official car on Friday, ordered the three-month relaxation as a way to allow people time to comply with the traffic norms.
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.