The New Delhi Police handed an Rs. 2 lakh fine to a truck driver and the owner of the truck for violating multiple traffic rules.
The driver was asked to pay Rs. 1.31 lakhs in fine and the owner of the truck was asked to pay Rs. 69,500.
This is the biggest fine in New Delhi that has been reported as new traffic rules came into effect.
The fine took place at the Karnal GT Road in New Delhi.
The truck is registered under Haryana, and the total amount of fine was paid by the owner of the truck.
The newer harsher laws and higher fines came into effect on September 1, 2019.
During an interview with NDTV, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Transport Minister of India, explained the reason behind the new rules and fines.
Minister Gadkari said, “It’s time that the country thinks about saving lives…1,50,000 people get killed on the roads in a year and 65 percent of them are 18-35 years old. They haven’t been killed in terror strikes or riots… This (the new law), was done to save lives.”
He added, “That is my first objective, but I need the cooperation of state governments. This should be above parties and state governments.”