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The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 has enhanced the penalties for driving errors
The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 has enhanced the penalties for driving errors|Representational image
SIKKIM

Motor Vehicles Act in Sikkim: Now, traffic offences to cost a bomb

Himalayan state finally implements recently-amended legislation; commuters will however get 1-month window period to adjust with new rules till January 1, 2020

Prakash Adhikari

Prakash Adhikari

Gangtok: With the approval of the state government, the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 has been extended to Sikkim, said transport secretary Raju Basnet. The new Act was notified on Thursday.

According to Basnet, before implementing the Act in Sikkim, the state transport department decided to take feedback from other states that have implemented it after being passed by Parliament. “Within a span of few months, we have received positive feedback from other states and stakeholders and decided to implement in Sikkim from today,” the transport secretary said.

The new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 has enhanced the penalties for driving errors. Additionally, new penalties have been introduced in case of violation of road regulations. The new penalties will now vary between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

People will also get a one-month window period to adjust with the new rules till January 1, 2020. After that the authorities concerned will implement the Act stringently.

As per records available till December 31, 2017, a total of 57,852 vehicles were registered in Sikkim’s state transport department.