Panaji: The state government has now set a new deadline for implementing the amended Central Motor Vehicle Act in the state.
Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho Thursday said that the amended Act, which has new provisions that stipulate very high fines for traffic rule violations, will be implemented in the state by the end of January 2020.
The minister had earlier stated that the amended Act would be implemented from January 1.
At the State Safety Council meet held on Thursday at the Secretariat, it was suggested that road safety measures should be put in place before implementing the provisions of higher penalties for traffic rule violations. The meeting was chaired by the Transport Minister.
Speaking to reporters after the meet, Godinho said that a review on road safety measures in the state was taken and it was suggested that the amended Motor Vehicle Act should be implemented after putting the necessary road safety measures into place.
“I have given instructions to the public works department and National Highways Authority of India to ensure that all road safety measures are in place, including installation of signboards indicating accident-prone zones, speed limit etc by January 31, 2020,” he said.
The minister reiterated that Goa will try to implement the Gujarat model. “I have proposed to reduce some fines for traffic rule violations on the lines of what the Gujarat government has done. However, the state government does not have the liberty to change fines like those imposed for drunk driving and driving vehicle without licence. The proposed reduction in fines under the amended Motor Vehicle Act will come before the cabinet in the next meeting,” he said.
The Transport Minister also said that several accidents take place in Goa due to the influx of tourists in the state and added that the issue was also discussed during the road safety council meeting.
“Goa’s population is around 16 lakh and we cater to 60 lakh tourists every year. The tourists, who ride or drive vehicles on the state roads often get confused on their destination routes thus resulting in accidents,” he said, adding that it was also decided at the meet to take the tourism department on board, as many road safety issues are related to the tourist population.