PANAJI: Goa cabinet today resolved to defer the implementation of new Motor Vehicle Act in the state to April 1, 2022.
The cabinet also decided to levy minimum fines prescribed in the Act for the motor vehicle offenses.
Justifying the decision to further postpone the implementation of Motor Vehicle Act, Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said that many other states are yet to implement the Act as their appeal to reduce the fines levied under Act is still pending with the Central government.
The amended MV Act has been a bone of contention in many States, as the hefty amount of the fines, which go up to Rs 25,000, have been termed unjust. In Goa too, the Act has been opposed by various sections including politicians.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 is being implemented in the country since September 1, 2019. This new act has increased the fine for many offences to check road accidents and improve the road safety in the country.