HAILAKANDI, Oct 10 - Hailakandi to enforce new Motor Vehicle Act strictly. The District Transport Office is on a spree on imposition of fines to motorists for road safety violations. From September 26, the DTO along with Hailakandi Police has been launching a district wide awareness drive about the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019 that came into force on September 23.
District Transport Officer, Syed Rafiqul Mannan said the new motor vehicle act has stricter penalties and punishment for traffic violations. Fines will be imposed for those not carrying documents and the pollution certificate and not using the helmet, said Mannan, adding that the transport department would be very strict in enforcing the new motor vehicle act.
Mannan pointed out that even the Supreme Court has ruled that road traffic offences can be prosecuted under the motor vehicle act as well as the Indian Penal Code emphasising on the gravity of rash and negligent driving causing fatalities on roads.
Stricter penalty laws are applicable in case of dangerous driving. First time offenders will face imprisonment of six months to one year and/or fine of between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000. For the second offence, the offender will be imprisoned for up to 2 years and/or will have to pay a fine of up to Rs 10,000.
In case of drunken driving, imprisonment up to 6 months and/or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 in case of first time offense. For the second offense, there will be a prison term of up to 2 years and/or a fine of Rs 15,000 will be levied.
Driving an uninsured vehicle can actually land you in jail. According to the new motor vehicle act, you can be penalised an amount of Rs 2,000 and/or imprisoned for up to three months for the first time you are caught driving an uninsured vehicle.