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Kin of road accident victims blame pressure to be ‘populist’ for move to dilute penalties under MV Act | India News

NEW DELHI: While a section of vehicle owners and drivers have backed the reduction of traffic fines by the Gujarat government, kin of road accident victims and others who lost their loved ones blamed the pressure to be “populist” behind the effort to defang the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
“We had the MV Act of 1988, but did it stop people from violating traffic laws? Now in the past 10 days you must have seen how people are following traffic rules. Many people opposing a law does not mean it should not be enforced. The high fines will be a deterrent for traffic offences and people will fall in line. But the government should have done it with little more preparation to avoid people facing inconvenience,” said Harry Singh, a research scholar, who was paralyzed from waist down after a bike accident inside JNU.
Talking to TOI at an event organised by Save Life Foundation, Shilpa Mittal, who had lost her brother in an infamous juvenile driving case, said, “For political parties, loss of huge lives and young ones is not a major concern. Gujarat government must roll back its order. I am stumped that economically developed states such as Gujarat are reducing fines. They are just seeking their two minutes of fame. They are supposed to save our lives and that’s the biggest karma for them. In India nothing fazes us, but as soon as they hear about high fines, people started following rules,” said Mittal, who had campaigned for introduction of penalties for juvenile driving.
Pratishtha Deveshwar, a student of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University, said the passage of the law was a big achievement for the community of road accident survivors. “The citizens of those states will be at a disadvantage where the law is being diluted. By reducing fines, you are giving a free pass to traffic rule violators. The accidents will not reduce in those states,” she said.

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