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Will traffic fines be lowered in Karnataka?

Will traffic fines be lowered in Karnataka?
Will traffic fines be lowered in Karnataka?

Reportedly after taking a leaf out of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Karnataka government led by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has decided to reduce the newly introduced traffic fines as per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. Meanwhile the law was passed by both the Houses of Parliament with three major amendments recently.

Will traffic fines be lowered in Karnataka?

Accordingly to the CM’s office, Yeddyurappa during a review meeting asked Transport Minister Laxman Savadi to look at the steps taken by the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments to give relief to citizens affected by the new fines. In some cases, the fines have increased 10 times, proving too exorbitant for violators. An official told "Chief Minister Yeddyurappa insisted that the fine amount be reduced to ensure that the common man can afford it. He has asked the Transport Department to get copies of government orders issued in this regard from Gujarat and Maharashtra and then come up with updated fines".

Moreover the Motor Vehicles Act was passed by the union government and amendments were made to it because ‘Mechanically Propelled Vehicles’ is a subject under the concurrent list of the Constitution. Perhaps this means that both the union and the state governments can make and amend laws on the subject and state governments can also take a call on the law, states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and now Karnataka, have the power to change the fines if they want to. 

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