Motor Vehicles Act: Commissionerate police rolls out ‘Sachetanata Ratha’

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Cuttack: The Twin City Commissionerate police on Thursday rolled out ‘Sachetanata Ratha’ to spread awareness among the motorists about the new Motor Vehicle rules.

Talking to the media, DCP (traffic) Sagarika Nath said that the drive was aimed at spreading awareness about the new traffic rules and the penalties related to it.

“We are carrying out this drive to spread awareness about the new traffic norms,” said Nath.

The message and the information regarding the same will be spread through loudspeakers attached to the four-wheeler vehicle. Besides, photographs and posters displayed on the side of the vehicle will also provide basic information to passersby as images are a powerful way to transmit messages and raise awareness.

Nath further stated that the police are focusing majorly on only five types of traffic violations i.e. drunk and drive, wrong-side driving, overloading, using a mobile phone while driving, and not wearing helmet or seat belt.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate police distributed helmet to the motorists who were penalised for not wearing helmets and also distributed ‘Thank You’ notes to bikers following traffic rules.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 has increased several penalties under the Act, for example, the penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000.

On the other hand, the Odisha government on September 9 gave a three-month window to vehicle owners to get their documents ready.

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