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West Bengal too refuses to implement new Motor Vehicles Act

The Chief Minister said levying heavy monetary penalty on the people was not the solution

Wednesday September 11, 2019 11:34 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Mamata against Motor Vehicles Act 2019

[We have a 'Safe Drive, Safe Life' campaign because of which number of accidents has come down, Mamata says. (Photo: All India Trinamool Congress/Twitter)].

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday categorically said her government will not implement the new stringent Motor Vehicle Act as it would add to the people's burden.

"We are not going to impose the heavy penalties which the amended rules of the MVA decree, as these are very harsh and will overburden the people", she told the media at the state secretariat Nabanna.

"But we have a 'Safe Drive, Safe Life' campaign because of which number of accidents has come down", she added.

The Chief Minister said levying heavy monetary penalty on the people was not the solution, and suggested the issue be seen from a "humanitarian point of view".

She said her party opposed the amendments to the act during the discussion in parliament and contended that it militates against the country's federal structure.

Earlier in the day, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in Maharashtra too had stayed implementation of the new Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) 2019. While announcing the decision, the Maharashtra government termed the heavy penalties under the new Motor Vehicles Act as "exorbitant".

The state government also urged the Centre to "reconsider and reduce" the hefty fines by making amendments to the new MVA.

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