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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: After the end of six-month relaxation period, stricter restrictions under the new Motor Vehicles Act began in Odisha on Sunday. As per the new rules, Rs 5000 penalty will be imposed on commuters for driving vehicles without license, Rs 10,000 and Rs 2000 will be levied for not carrying pollution certificate and insurance certificate respectively.

Similarly, heavy amount will be imposed for flouting other rules like not wearing helmet, seat belt and allowing minors to drive vehicles.

While commuters have been blatantly defying rules in different cities of the State, in Cuttack, DCP Akhileswar Singh has said that stringent action will be taken against commuters for flouting rules.

“We are already prepared to follow the guidelines under new MV Act. Legal action will be taken against those found flouting rules,” said Singh.

On the other hand, people were seen making beelines outside Regional Transport Offices in many parts of the State.

In Bhubaneswar, 30,502 applicants are yet to get driving license and learning license. While some are blaming the administration for the pending work, others are demanding further extension of the MV Act.

“The process is time taking and some people keep failing in license tests so I think the government should give some more time,” said an applicant in Rourkela.

It may be noted that the Odisha government had earlier made it clear that there won’t be any further relaxation and so stricter enforcement of traffic rules under the revised MV Act would be reintroduced from March 1.

The enforcement was relaxed for three months in December and before that in September following a State-wide public outrage over the collection of hefty fines.

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