A drunk autorickshaw driver was fined Rs 47,500 by the transport department on Wednesday for driving without a valid permit, licence, registration and under various sections of the amended Motor Vehicles Act which came into effect on Sunday, an official said here.
The traffic police and Regional Transport Office (RTO) Bhubaneswar personnel intercepted the autorickshaw at Acharya Vihar Chhak in the city on Wednesday and issued a challan of Rs 47,500 for the motor vehicle act violations to the driver of the vehicle, the official said.
The penalty includes Rs 500 for general offence, Rs 5,000 for having invalid driving license, Rs 10,000 for violating permit conditions, Rs 10,000 for drunken driving, Rs 10,000 for violating air/noise pollution, Rs 5,000 for allowing unauthorised person to drive vehicle, Rs 5000 for using vehicle without registration and fitness certificate and Rs 2,000 for plying the vehicle without insurance.
The autorickshaw driver has been asked to deposit the total fine of Rs 47,500 at the Driving Testing Centre in Chandrasekharpur, the official said.
Admitting that he had consumed alcohol, the driver Haribandhu Kanhar said: “I cannot pay such a huge amount of penalty. Let them seize my vehicle or send to jail, I cannot pay the amount.”
The driver also claimed that he has all the documents at home. Meanwhile, officials said they have detained both the driver and the vehicle.
The official said the penalty was imposed according to the provisions of the new traffic rules which came into force on September 1, this year.
Meanwhile, in Gurgaon, after the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 came into force, the city witnessed challans as high as Rs 32,500. A two-wheeler owner in Gurgaon hit more than just a speed bump when he was issued a challan of Rs 23,000 for multiple violations Monday afternoon.
In another case, a challan of Rs 24,000 was issued to Jai Narayan, a resident of Gurgaon’s Subhash Nagar, at “Court Mor” Tuesday. Apart from other violations, the man riding pillion on Narayan’s two-wheeler was not wearing a helmet.
The third challan, however, exceeded both penalties and amounted to Rs 32, 500. Issued to an auto driver at Bristol Chowk, the challan accused him of driving without a licence, registration certificate, and third party insurance.