New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after a BJP-ruled state -- Gujarat -- itself slashed the traffic fines under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that states will be responsible if they try to dilute traffic violation fines.

“To those states who are refusing to enforce the fines, isn't life more important than money? This was done to save lives. People need to have a fear of law. Why was the death penalty for rape after the Nirbhaya case? To create a fear of the law,” Gadkaroi told NDTV in an interview.

The warning came a day after Gujarat announced a drastic cut in the penalties for traffic violations even as the Centre is justifying the steep fine amounts under the new Motor Vehicles Act. In some cases the reduction in the state is as steep as Rs 1,000 from Rs 10,000.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will not implement the new law that imposes hefty fines for traffic violations. Calling the amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act "too harsh", the Trinamool Congress chief said it was against the federal structure of the government.

Earlier today, Gadkari said that the government's intention behind bringing the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act was not to collect revenues through fines but to save lives of people. 

After the implementation of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019, traffic police across the country are coming down heavily on those who are violating the new rules and various state government are either resisting the new MV Act or bringing changes to it by detuning the violation fines.

Post imposition of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, from September 1, hefty challans for traffic rules violations by the police has hit the headlines. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said stringent rules were "much needed" as people had taken traffic laws very lightly and there was neither fear nor respect for the law.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta