AHMEDABAD: In a partial relief to people, the Gujarat government on Wednesday said the new penalties for traffic offenses related to helmet and pollution-under-control (PUC) certificates would come into force from October 15.
Earlier, the reduced penalties for traffic offenses in Gujarat came into force on Monday, after the state BJP government announced dilution of the recently-amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act that has a provision of hefty fines.
While under the amended MV Act, the fine for driving a two-wheeler without a helmet is Rs 1,000, the proposed fine in Gujarat is Rs 500, up from Rs 100 collected at present.
For not carrying a PUC certificate, the fine proposed by the state is Rs 500, the same as under the new MV Act. At present, Rs 100 is being charged by police for not carrying the document.
The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided that the fine for both these violations would remain Rs 100 till October 15.
"We have learned that people are suffering as enough helmets are not available in the market.
Thus, the state government has decided to extend the deadline till October 15 for the implementation of new fine for this violation," state transport minister R C Faldu told reporters in Gandhinagar after the Cabinet meeting.
"It is also true that people are standing in long queues at centers issuing PUC certificates.
Thus, following representations from various quarters over the issue, we have also decided to extend the deadline till October 15 for the implementation of new fine for this violation," he said.
The state government would issue permits to open 900 new PUC centers across the state in 10 days to reduce the burden on the existing centers, the minister said.
"In another important decision taken in the Cabinet meeting, my department will issue a circular making it compulsory for all the two-wheeler dealers to give a helmet at no extra cost to all those who buy vehicles," he said.
The dealers must give a helmet, having the ISI mark, free of cost to the customers, he said.
Faldu refuted the social media reports claiming that the insurance of one of the official vehicles Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expired in 2015 and yet there was no action on the CM for being a 'VIP'.
Termed such reports as a "mischief", he said the vehicle's insurance is valid till December-end.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)