Centre asks Goa to implement new Motor Vehicle Act

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Panaji: The Centre has strictly asked the Goa government to implement the amended Motor Vehicle Act in the state, as it is for safety of the people and there is no alternative to it.

Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, who attended a meeting of the transport ministers of all the states with Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways V K Singh on Tuesday via videoconferencing, informed reporters that as the Centre has given fresh directives on implementation of the amended Motor Vehicle Act, he has moved a proposal to the state cabinet to be held on January 20.

Godinho said when he raised the issue regarding concerns expressed by the people of Goa over implementation of the amended Act vis-a-vis opposition to the heavy fines, Singh categorically said that there is no other option but to implement the amended Motor Vehicle Act.

“Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways said the central government has amended the Motor Vehicle Act to bring in discipline on the roads. The fines have been hiked so that people follow the traffic rules and road safety norms. So it has to be implemented by the states,” Godinho said.

He said discussions on seamless transport system for the entire country to encourage tourism through online permits, disabled-friendly public transport, a scheme to provide immediate relief to the road accident victims and their families and other issues were held during the meeting.