Gadkari: Fines forced people to follow rules, PUC rush is proof
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said this huge jump in the number of people seeking PUCs and spike in number of fresh applications for driving licences were indicators of how the deterrent fines and penalties forced people to follow rules. “I have maintained that rules with high penalties are not aimed at earning revenue. They are only aimed at creating fear and respect for the law,” he said while launching “Safe Safar” awareness initiative by Transport Corporation of India on Thursday.
Officials said going by the trend in the past three weeks, the total number of vehicles obtaining PUCs by the end of this month will increase further. The jump in number of vehicles getting PUCs till Wednesday was lowest in Haryana where only 532 PUCs have been issued this month as compared to 408 in August.
So far, only five states have notified the revised fines and penalties for offences, including for not having PUCs. The maximum cap on penalties for such an offence is Rs 10,000 and the states can fix the reduced amount. Gadkari said reports of more people getting PUCs in Delhi and other cities would check air pollution. “We have taken several steps, including the introduction of BS-VI compliant vehicles from next year. People are showing their concern for air pollution. More PUC compliance will help improve the air quality,” he added.