Centre criticises Kerala for reducing fines for traffic violations – UKMALAYALEE

Centre criticises Kerala for reducing fines for traffic violations

Wednesday 8 January 2020 6:10 AM UTC

KOTTAYAM Jan 8: Central government has criticised the Kerala government for reducing the fines for traffic rule violations in the state. It is learnt that a letter has been sent to the state which consists of legal advice from the Attorney General stating that the state has no authority to dilute the law passed by the central government.

As stated in the letter, the state government has no right to correct a law passed by Parliament. The state government had issued the circular regarding the reduced fine rates on October 28.

The criticism made by the centre is seen crucial at the moment when Kerala has garnered national attention by passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 was amended by the Parliament in August 2019.

As per the amended act, a motorist, who is found not using a helmet or seatbelt, has to pay a whopping fine of Rs 1000.

Following widespread opposition from the public regarding the new fine rates, the state government later issued an order regarding the reduced fine rates.

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