Jumping red light? No steep fine for first time traffic violators.

A new provision is also being introduced to set deadlines for each state to follow the timeframe to bring reforms in driving licencing (DL) regime, issuing vehicle permits and fitness certificates by minimizing human intervention. Sources said the road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari is of the view that if states fail to meet the deadline, then Centre can intervene to take up such tasks for implementation of the law since it’s under the “concurrent list”.

The road transport ministry will revise the proposed fines for traffic rule violations by almost one-fifth of what was originally envisaged in the Draft Road Transport and Safety Bill. While earlier the proposed fine for first time offenders was between Rs 2,500 to Rs 20,000 for different offences, now the revised fine would be between Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.

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