The states seem to be in a fix over whether they can notify lower fines for compoundable offences. There are 24 compoundable offences under the revised MV Act, which means in these cases the offender can pay the fine on the spot and doesn’t need to go to court. But most of the states have not yet notified the designated officers who can compound the offences on the spot.
“We are waiting see what our neighbouring states are doing and how much compounding fee they are notifying for the offences,” MP transport commissioner Shailendra Srivastava told TOI. Even the West Bengal government is watching the response. ” We will frame rules but there is a six-month-period at hand. The penalties in the act mention the maximum amount. The state has powers to frame rules that grade the penalty into sections with lower fines for initial offence,” a transport department official said.
BJP-ruled Goa is unlikely to enforce the law till December. It first wants to maintain the roads which have been damaged due to rain.
Maharashtra transport minister Diwakar Raote has said that his department has sought the opinion of state law and judiciary department whether the fines can be reduced. Principal secretary (transport) of Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kumar said government has started the process of notifying the changes and the new rules will have to be approved by the Cabinet. Rajasthan transport department is still deliberating over implementing the revised law.