NEW DELHI: A truck owner paid a whopping Rs 1.41 lakh fine for vehicle overloading following the implementation of new traffic challan rates under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act which came into effect on September 1.
The truck, which has Rajasthan vehicle registration plate, was challaned Rs 1,41,700 for violating the traffic rules and overloading with goods on Thursday, September 5.
Bhagwan Ram, who owns the truck, paid the fine at Delhi’s Rohini court on Monday, September 9.
Reacting to the development, the Transport Association said, “We are fighting against higher rates of penalties but meanwhile not supporting the lawbreaker, likewise no transport association and any leader of Transport association support overloading.”
Heavy fines have been introduced in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, which was passed by Parliament in July and aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations.
Reports of heavy fines have emerged from across the country.
On Tuesday (September 4), Gurugram traffic police penalised a trolley driver with a challan of Rs 59,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and not carrying the requisite documents.
In Odisha’s Sambalpur, a truck driver with Nagaland registration number was fined Rs 86,500 on September 3. The driver Ashok Yadav reportedly paid a penalty of Rs 70,000 along with producing some documents.
The Delhi Police has issued around 5,000 challans per day for violating traffic rules in the national capital since the implementation of the new traffic fines, a senior police official said.
According to a senior police officer, a total of 254 drunken driving, 1,229 without seat belt, 4,097 without helmet, 1,527 dangerous driving and 2,698 red light violation challans have been issued.