Bengaluru: Karnataka has slashed penalties for traffic offences. A notification to the effect was issued by BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government.
The state government has slashed rates on several traffic offences under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, but has kept penalties for drunken driving unchanged.
As per the order on Saturday, the fine for not wearing a helmet and seat belt while driving has been reduced to Rs 500 as against the prescribed amount of Rs 1000 in the new Motor Vehicle Act.
The fines for driving vehicles by unauthorised person for two-wheelers and three-wheelers will be Rs 1000, Rs 2000 for LMV and Rs 5000 for other vehicles respectively.
The notification by the state government said: “The rates were slashed “in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 200 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (Central Act 59 of 1988) read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897”.
Yediyurappa had earlier directed the state transport department to slash fines under the amended Motor Vehicles Act 2019.
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab have put the new rules on hold.