The Delhi government will have wide consultations with various stakeholders, including the city traffic police, before issuing notification for compounding various offences under the new Motor Vehicle law, which provides for steep fines, said city Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Saturday.
“Since heavy penalties have been prescribed under the Act after a gap of many years, the compounding notification will be issued with wider consultation with traffic police and other stake holders,” Gahlot said in a statement.
The Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in July. The new law seeks to tighten traffic regulations and impose steep penalties for violations of traffic rules.
Section 200 of the MV Act, 1988 authorises state governments to issue a notification for compounding of certain offences by fixing the fee or penalty for compounding offences and designating officials to oversee the compounding process.
According to legal provisions, minor offences, which can be compromised between the complainant and the accused with or without court permission is called a compoundable offence, while the serious ones which cannot be compromised are called non-compoundable offences.
In case of compoundable offences, the complainant, who has filed the case, enter into a compromise, and agrees to have the charges dropped against the accused generally after a payment of some damages.
In case of traffic rules violations, the state being the complainant, the government has to fix the penalty for compounding a traffic offence.
Gahlot said penalties should not negate the effect of changes in the law.
It should facilitate enforcement agencies otherwise their officers will remain busy in court cases only, if offenders do not agree for compounding amount, he said.
“We will decide in a day or two. Public safety and convenience will be carefully balanced,” the minister said.
The stricter penalties will definitely result in reduction in accidents and it will improve the compliance of traffic rules by drivers, he said adding it will have great impact on road safety.