This is a hard truth and every time someone wants to do good he or she cannot satisfy all. This holds true even for the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2016 introduced in the Lok Sabha by our Hon’ble Transport Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari on the 10th of April, 2016. The Amendment Bill once passed is set to bring about some crucial changes in the current Motor Vehicles Act. Though the clauses introduced and if implemented strictly is all set to reduce road accidents in India, it is not going down well with all sections of the society.
With a five fold increase in fines, drivers and especially truck drivers who unfortunately form a handful percentage of traffic violators, have expressed their dissatisfaction. The President of Telangana State Lorry Drivers Association, N Bhaskar Reddyhas already started contemplating about a strike if their interest is neglected. “We do not know how we will pay the fines, as such we are operating in losses. We so far only know about the hike in fines and find them very unreasonable. If the MVA is stacked against our self interest, we will be left with no choice but to protest.” While the truck drivers are crying foul, Vinod K Kanumala, chief functionary at Indian Federation of Road Safety is happy with the “good move” but sounds a note of caution about the enforcement department which should act seriously.