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'Good roads cause accidents': Karnataka Deputy CM's bizarre theory

Speaking to the reporters in Bengaluru, Karjol said, “There are a number of accidents that are reported and the media blames the bad roads. But I believe it is due to good roads...... People drive at high speeds on our roads. Accidents happen on highways when people drive at speeds above 100kmph.”

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Good roads lead to accidents: Karnataka Deputy CM's bizarre theory

In a bizarre explanation on his government's decision to reduce the  hefty fines for traffic violations that was introduced by the Centre under the Motor Vehicles Act, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol said "good and safe" roads were responsible for accidents.

Speaking to the reporters in Bengaluru, Karjol said, “There are a number of accidents that are reported and the media blames the bad roads. But I believe it is due to good roads...... People drive at high speeds on our roads. Accidents happen on highways when people drive at speeds above 100kmph.” 

He further said that he doesn’t support levying such high fines. 

Under the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, fines pertaining to traffic offences have been increased by a significant margin. 

The revised Act came into force starting September 1st across India. Since then, we have come across multiple cases in which huge amount of fines have been imposed on the rule breakers. 

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has rejected suggestions that the Centre to bring down the hefty penalties for violations, insisting that the penalties would lose their deterrent impact if they are rolled back.

Recently, a Delhi man was fined Rs 23,000 for riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet and also for not carrying the relevant documents.

Also an auto-rickshaw driver in Odisha's Bhubaneswar was fined a whopping Rs 47,500 for violating a slew of traffic rules under the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019.

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Here's the new challan list under the amended motor vehicles act: 

Complete list of penalties under Motor Vehicles Act, 2019 with effect from September 1, 2019

Penalty Old Amount New Amount
Penalty for offenses where no penalty is specifically provided Rs 100 for first offense and Rs 300 for second/subequent offense Rs 500 for first time offense, Rs 1,500 for subsequent offense
Violation of road regulations - Rs 500 to Rs 1,000
Traveling without Ticket Rs 200 Rs 500
Disobedience of orders of Authority and refusal to share information Rs 500 Rs 2,000
Unauthorised use of vehicles without license Rs 1,000 Rs 5,000
Driving without license Rs 500 Rs 5,000
Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
Over-speeding Rs 400 Rs 1000 - Rs 2000 for light motor vehicle, Rs 2,000 - Rs 4,000 for medium passenger or goods vehicles and impounding of driving license for second/subsequent offence.
Dangerous Driving - Imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year and/or fine of Rs. 1000- Rs. 5000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.
Drunken Driving - Imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs. 15000 for second offence.
Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive for Rs 200 for first offense, Rs 500 for second/subsequent offense First offence - Rs. 1000 and second/subsequent offence - Rs.2000
Offences relating to accident - Imprisonment of up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 5000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.
Racing and speeding - Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs. 500 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1month and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.
Driving uninsured vehicle fine of Rs. 1000 and/or punishment up to 3 months Rs. 2000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence and fine of Rs. 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the second offence.
Taking vehicle without lawful authority and seizing motor vehicle by force Rs 500 Rs. 5000
Causing obstruction to free flow of traffic Rs 50 Rs. 500

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