GANGTOK, 05 Dec:
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019,was extended to the State of Sikkim on Thursday. Motor Vehicle Division of Transport Department brought out a notification today regarding the implementation of the said Act in the State after taking the government’s approval.
Addressing a press conference here today, Secretary to Transport Department, Raju Basnet, stated that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, received the President’s assent on 09 August this year and was implemented in various States.
“We wanted to first understand the feedback from other States who have already implemented the Act in their respective states. We received overall good feedback and results from these States,” he said.
He added that other States have mentioned that the act has been successful in reducing traffic violation and has disciplined traffic management in their States.
Fines as per the new amendment act will now be applicable in the State, he said further adding that fines are around ten times more than the existing fines.
There are stringent fines mainly for over-speeding, over-loading, driving without license and others, said Mr. Basnet. He informed that enforcement agencies found breaking the rules will be charged double the fine amount.
Mr. Basnet mentioned that there were 85 deaths in road accidents in 2016, 87 deaths in 2017, 85 deaths last year and a total of 137 road accidents have been reported till October this year in which there were 72 deaths. On the same, he stated that the department wants to implement the new amendment act strictly to address the issue of road accidents.
The Secretary informed that the department has decided to educate the people and stakeholders on road safety norms and will be starting a three-month long Road Safety cum Enforcement Drive throughout the State from January next year.
While appealing to all stakeholders and people to keep all papers and documents updated by end of December, he stated that the drive would be kept at different spots throughout the State.
“We are also ready to listen to different stakeholders and general public for redressal of genuine issues,” he said.
MrBasnet informed that the department is also working on technical processes to support the amendment act. He informed that e-challan will start from March next year followed by introduction of other technical services.