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Road Traffic Offenses Surge to 32, Experts Sound Alarm

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Road Traffic Offenses Surge to 32, Experts Sound Alarm

In a shocking revelation, the Director of the Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit (TMRSU) announced on Tuesday’s edition, June 18, of “Au Cœur de l’Info” aired on Radio Plus that the number of cumulative road traffic offenses has increased from 11 to 32. The development has left experts and observers stunned.

The discussion focused on the new regulations and revisions to fines for traffic violations, as well as the Road Traffic Amendment Bill.

The proposed law aims to increase a number of “fixed penalties” for infractions, including Rs 25,000 for non-conforming license plates, Rs 5,000 for not wearing a seatbelt, and up to Rs 12,500 for speeding exceeding 25 km/h.

According to the TMRSU Director, Dev Nathoo, the goal behind these amendments is to reduce fatal and severe accidents.

“There are accidents that can be avoided. By increasing fines, this will have a deterrent effect on people. It will discourage them from committing habitual offenses,” he emphasized.

Nathoo also announced that the cumulative road traffic offenses will also increase. “There is an amendment to the third schedule concerning cumulative road traffic offenses, which will go from 11 to 32.

If a person commits four offenses within two years, their license may be suspended,” he explained.

The new infractions include more than one passenger on a motorcycle, carrying passengers on a cargo trailer, not wearing a reflective vest, driving without an instructor’s license, among others.

Barlen Munusami, an expert in road safety, expressed shock at learning that 21 infractions were being added to the list of cumulative road traffic offenses.

“We initially had 11 infractions. At the time, it was decided that if someone committed more than six infractions in 24 months, their license would be disqualified. In 2018, this threshold was lowered to five infractions. In 2023, observing that this had not had the expected effect, the threshold was reduced to four infractions,” he recalled.

Munusami warned that the increase in infractions from 11 to 32 could cause a shock for many.

“With more infractions, the risk of losing one’s license increases significantly. A person can easily accumulate four infractions.

There will be unpredictable consequences, many licenses will be revoked,” he cautioned.

Munusami also believed that introducing such a measure before elections was a political suicide.

“Passing from 11 to 32 infractions is political suicide. It’s a dangerous measure I was not even aware of myself.

At election time, this is not an applicable measure without severe consequences. Simple infractions may not concern safety, and people risk losing their license overnight,” he warned.

He further argued that there were many “non-sens” in this new bill. “All of this was done in haste. Speeding fines are justified because speed causes deaths.

But other infractions are not. The issue of non-compliant license plates with a fine of Rs 25,000 is nonsensical,” he estimated.

Mᵉ Siddhartha Hawaldar mentioned that changing people’s behavior requires a change in mindset rather than a change in law overnight.

“The solution does not lie in a simplistic approach. It seems that the law is being rushed into place like an immediate reaction to a problem (firefighting).

There is no quick solution; a gradual approach is necessary. Otherwise, it will still be a failure and we will not achieve our objectives.

Attitudes have been formed over time and cause damage on our roads, but increasing fines will not be enough to change them,” Hawaldar emphasized.

Source: Defi Media

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