Odisha truck driver fined Rs 86,500, the highest in country under MV Act
Bhubaneswar, Sep 8: A truck driver in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, who was fine a whopping Rs 86,500 for violating several traffic rules last week, may have become the single biggest violator of the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
Truck driver Ashok Jadav was fined on September 3 but the picture of the challan went viral on social media on Saturday evening.
Sambalpur’s regional transport officer Lalit Mohan Behera said Jadav was penalised for allowing an unauthorised person to drive (Rs 5,000), driving without a licence (Rs 5,000), overloading with an excess of 18 tonne (Rs 56,000), carrying over dimension projections (Rs 20,000) and general offence (Rs 500).
Though the total fine amount was Rs 86,500, the driver paid Rs 70,000 after negotiating with authorities for more than five hours.
The truck belonging to a Nagaland-based company BLA Infrastructure Private Limited was loaded with a JCB machine.
It was on its way to Chhattisgarh from Talcher town of Angul district when it was intercepted by officials in Sambalpur.
Odisha is among the few states which started implementing the amended MV act from September 1 when it came into force.
It has grossed the highest penalty in the country under the new MV Act in the first four days of its implementation by collecting over Rs 88 lakh.