On Monday, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways wrote to all states and union territories that the traffic penalties laid down in the new Motor Vehicles Act cannot be reduced below the minimum amount.
The ministry said in an advisory to states and union territories that the 2019 Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act is a statutory law and the penalties under the Act cannot be reduced below the specified limit unless the approval of the president has been obtained.
In addition, the advisory also quoted the Indian Attorney General as saying that' the disobedience of these directions could well attract the provisions of Article 356 of the Indian Constitution.'
In accordance with Article 356 of India's Constitution, the central government has the power to take direct control of the state machinery if the respective state does not function in accordance with the constitutional provisions.
The Attorney General also advised states to abide by the rules of the 2019 revised Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act.
The Center had previously stated that states like Manipur, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Uttarkhand had reduced the punishments for certain crimes.
he Ministry of Road Transport and Highways also stated that the objective of the Act was to ensure that every person follows traffic rules strictly for prevention of road accidents and for their own safety.
Updated by: News Sources 2020-01-07 5:35 PM