Youth Congress workers staged a dramatic protest outside Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's official residence in New Delhi against the new traffic fines under the Motor Vehicle Act.
The Congress workers, who termed the new traffic law 'murder of democracy', tried to throw scooter and motorbike at cops across the barricades put up to control protestors.
Protestors, who India Today TV spoke to, accused the government of penalising the common man while turning away from its own responsibility of strengthening the infrastructure.
"Instead of levying hefty fines, the government should think about improving infrastructure and public transport systems. Instead of fines after traffic violations, the government must strengthen the licensing procedure so that only people with proper training drive on the roads," a protestor said.
Another protestor raised a concern about the "insensitive" fines during emergency cases. "Hefty fine on traffic violations is fine, but the police must exhibit sensitive behaviour toward people who might be facing a medical emergency," the protestor said.
Traffic fines not revenue system: Nitin Gadkari
The Union minister said that the MV act is neither a means of state revenue nor an act of punishment, it is just a way to reduce road accidents.
"Challans are not a revenue-generating scheme, but a life-saving effort. There are several slabs, where states can make changes. But we need to think about 1.2 lakh death annually because of road accidents," the transport minister said.
The minister said the Centre does not seek to earn revenue out of the traffic fines as the money goes to the state government.
Nitin Gadkari said that the government has no problem if people follow the rules. "There is a clear conscious among the people that they do not want to break the rules. There are long queues of people applying for licenses outside transport departments. People do not want to break rules," Gadkari told media.