Gad­kari: Fines forced peo­ple to fol­low rules, PUC rush is proof

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

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.

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