Odisha govt extends relaxation of new MV Act enforcement by 3 more months

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Bhubaneswar: In a big relief to the public, who are yet to get their vehicle documents cleared, the Odisha government has decided to extend relaxation of the enforcement of new Motor Vehicle Act by 3 more months.

Transport Minister Padmanava Behera today informed: “Today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed that extension of another three months be given to ensure the motor vehicle users to obtain required documents and ensure full compliance with the provisions of the MV Act.”

“This extension is being given for the last time and no further extension will be granted. There will be strict enforcement against dangerous life-threatening actions (both the driver and the road using public) like drunken driving, over speeding, driving against the flow of traffic, using mobile while driving, dangerous driving, triple riding on a two-wheeler, overloading, jumping red light, wearing of a helmet, seat belt etc. In case any motorist is found in contravention of any of the road safety provisions, the documents also will be checked,” the Minister stated.

The Transport Minister further stated that based on the feedback received from various parts of the State during enforcement of amended Motor Vehicles Act, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik had allowed three months to the public to ensure compliance to various provisions of the Act.  As directed by Hon’ble Chief Minister, during the preceding three months, the Transport Department opened facilitation centres and conducted camps so as to sensitise the motor vehicle users on the new provisions. Besides the Department has opened a large number of new centres, extra counters in existing centres and the offices have worked beyond regular hours and also on holidays to enable the motorists to update their compliance status.

It is seen that during the past three months, due to these proactive measures, about 9.5 lakh applications have been received for Learners’ Licence (LL) out of which 5.45 lakhs LL have been issued. Only 3.48 lakh of LL were issued during the entire 2018. Besides, one lakh Driving Licences have also been issued during the past three months, Minister Behera further informed.

The Transport Department has been directed to continue its efforts in providing documents expeditiously to the vehicle users. Road Safety Awareness drive will be further intensified during the next three months to sensitise the public to its importance, it was learned.

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