Bhubaneswar: The Motor Vehicle Amendment Act will be implemented in the state from tomorrow. Odisha Transport Department is gearing up for strict enforcement of new MV Act guidelines from March 1.
The Parliament in July passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations in an attempt to improve road safety.
Odisha Government had however relaxed enforcement of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 in view of rush at regional transport offices and pollution under control centres for driving licence, registration and pollution certificates across the State.
Wearing helmets for pillion riders and using seat belts for occupants in four-wheelers will be mandatory in Odisha from March 1.
The drive against violation of traffic rules will be intensified from March this year after completion of the three-month relaxation on enforcement of the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
Following public commotion over imposing of heavy fines, the state government had relaxed implementation of the new traffic rules for three months in September as a way to allow people to get their documents ready to comply with the traffic norms.
Later in November last year, the BJD government extended the relaxation for another three months till February end, keeping in mind the huge rush at the RTO offices.