Now, Bengal says no to harsh traffic fines

Kolkata, September 11

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday categorically said her government would not implement the new stringent Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) as it would add to the people’s burden.

“We are not going to impose heavy penalties which the amended rules of the MVA decree, as these are very harsh and will overburden the people. But we have a ‘Safe Drive, Safe Life’ campaign because of which the number of accidents has come down,” she told the media at the state secretariat, Nabanna.

The Chief Minister said levying heavy monetary penalty on the people was not the solution and suggested the issue be seen from a “humanitarian point of view”.

She said her party opposed the amendments to the act during discussion in Parliament and contended that it militates against the country’s federal structure. — IANS

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