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Parisar makes a demand to issue compounding notification to reduce road crash fatalities in the Maharashtra State.

16 Jun, 2020

Parisar a non-profit organization working on road safety urges Chief Minister and Transport Minister to issue compounding notification under section 200 of Motor Vehicles Act and set fines for traffic violations.

Compoundable offences are those offences where, the violators and designated officer, enter into a compromise, and agrees to have the charges dropped against the accused and settle the matter on the spot by levying fines. If traffic offences are not compounded, Police will have to issue court summons. Given the number of violations, this will lead to a tremendous backlog in Courts and is not practical. Some key violations such as for helmets require a fresh notification.

According to Section 200 of the new Motor Vehicles Act, States are empowered to prescribe penalties for traffic violations under the Motor Vehicles Act. A notification highlights a list of offences that allow an offender to pay the fine on the spot to the designated police officer at the scene. Fines can be set less than the maximum which is prescribed in the Act.

Find more details in the press note. Read the letter to Chief Minister here. Another letter was sent to the Transport Secretary, which can be found here, along with a follow up letter.