‘Is money more critical than life’ asks Gadkari while justifying amended Motor Vehicles Act

Radhika Dhawad | Sep 8, 2019 19:42

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (File photo: Nation Next)
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (File photo: Nation Next)

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari defended traffic cops’ act of charging hefty challans for traffic rules violations after the revised Motor Vehicles Act in the country. Gadkari asserted, “I’m sensitive to this issue. You ask the family members who’ve lost their close ones in road accidents. Around 65% of the road accidents victims fall in the age bracket of 18 to 35 years. Ask their families how they feel; I’m also an accident victim. The amendment is a well thought step, which was carried out with consent from almost all political parties whether Congress, Trinamool or TRS.”

Gadkari today during an event in Nagpur said that intelligent traffic system doesn’t discriminate between violators of law – whether it’s a cabinet minister, chief minister, bureaucrat or a journalist. He asserted that hefty fines for traffic rule violations are aimed at curbing road accidents, which would in turn ensure safety of people on roads.

He also stressed that there should be no fear of hefty challans if someone is abiding by the law. The union minister said that the revised act was a much-need one as people had taken traffic laws very lightly and there wasn’t any fear or respect of law.

“Why is this fear of challans if one is following traffic rules. People should rather be happy that India’s roads would become safer like abroad where people strictly abide by traffic norms. Is human life not precious,” Gadkari told PTI.

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