With the amended Motor Vehicles Act 2019 taking effect in some states across the country, vehicle owners who have failed to produce relevant documents are facing the brunt. The latest ‘culprit’ is a truck owner from Rajasthan who had to pay Rs 1,41,700 for overloading his vehicle to Delhi Police. The truck registered in the name of one Bhagwan Ram, paid the challan amount at Rohini court Delhi on September 9.
Earlier, a truck driver in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, was fined Rs 86,500 for several counts including allowing an unauthorised person to drive (Rs 5,000), driving without a licence (Rs 5,000), overloading with an excess of 18 tonne (Rs 56,000), carrying over dimension projections (Rs 20,000) and general offence (Rs 500). With the cops coming down firmly on violators, the fine amounts may continue to rise. However, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that states are free to reduce challan amounts.