Its been now and then, we have been watching whole loads of news related to new motor vehicle amendment that came into effect this month. Since the day one, there have been reported many traffic violations and hefty fines and laments from the side of the public. However, sometimes, the act has gone far beyond. A man in UP was fined for not wearing a helmet in a car. Also, an auto driver was challaned for not wearing a seat belt. Subsequently, now a bullock cart owner in Dehradun was booked by the police under the new Motor Vehicles Act. Riaz Hassan from Charba village of Dehradun had reportedly parked his bullock cart near his farm.
Sub-inspector Pankaj Kumar and his team were patrolling that area. When they found the cart, they inquired about its ownership and found that it belongs to Hassan. Later, the police drove the cart to Hassan’s house and fined him Rs.1000 under section 81 of the MV Act. However, Hassan reportedly questioned back asking “How I am challaned for parking my vehicle outside my own field.”
According to the reports made by IndiaTimes, he asks “Also, why did they fine me under Motor Vehicles Act when bullock carts are not covered under it?”. After this, realizing that there was no provision of fining a bullock cart, the officers canceled the fine challan. When PD Bhatt, in-charge of Sahaspur police station was asked about the incident, he claimed that the police was engaged in patrolling the area after receiving information on illegal mining.
He reportedly said, “As most of the villagers take sand left after mining on bullock carts, the team thought that Hassan’s cart was being used for the purpose. It was also dark. So, the team head couldn’t figure out the difference between the bill books of MV Act and one of the other offences. They look very similar. They wanted to book him under IPC but ended up issuing a challan under section 81 of the MV Act.”