‘Too harsh’: Mamata Banerjee says won’t enforce hefty fines for traffic violations


KOLKATA (WEST BENGAL): The West Bengal government will not implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act, which provides for stiff fines for traffic violations, as it is "too harsh" on the people, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.
"We are not implementing the amended Motor Vehicle Act right now because our government officials are of the opinion that if we implement it, then it will be a huge burden on the people. It is very harsh," she told reporters here.
The TMC supremo said that her party had opposed the amendments to the Act in Parliament, saying it was against the federal structure of the government.
"We raised the matter in the Parliament as it was interfering the federal structure. You cannot take a unilateral decision that can harm the people," Banerjee remarked.
Noting that money is not the solution, the chief minister said that the issue needs to be looked at from a humanitarian point of view.
Banerjee said that her government has already initiated the 'Safe Drive Save Life' programme, which is aimed at Original Article