New Trouble for Cab Operators

The new MV Act has created a lot of ruckus in various states in India. The new amended act, which was introduced on 1st September 2019 has caused an uproar among the motorists throughout the country. The cops, on the other hand, are busy enforcing the new laws strictly to the motorists. Recently, a motorcyclist was fined for wearing slippers while riding. Here comes another bizarre challan issued by the Rajasthan cops to a cab driver, who was driving with his shirt buttons opened and wearing slippers.

The new incident took place in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The traffic police of the state capital flagged down a cab at Sanjay Circle. After inspecting the documents and other mandatory documents, the cops issued a challan of Rs 1,600 to the driver. The challan receipt mentions that the driver of the car was wearing slippers and also the shirt buttons were opened. The cab driver was on duty when the incident happened.

The incident took place on 6th September, soon after the new MV Act came into effect. The car driver was fined on the spot and it was a court challan. It is not known if the driver has already paid the fine or will challenge the fine in the court.

In India, the cab drivers on duty have to follow a dress code. The rule came in several years ago when various states announced that the cab drivers have to wear a uniform and have to put their ID cards. The uniform code varies in different states. In Rajasthan, the cab drivers have to wear a blue shirt and pant when on duty. Also, the cab driver has to wear shoes that cover the feet of the driver.

While there is a uniform for the cab drivers, there is no such mention in the rule book for the private car drivers. Whereas, motorists on two-wheelers cannot ride while wearing slippers. It is illegal and the biker can be fined up to Rs 1,000 according to the rules. It should be noted that these are not new rules that have been introduced in the amended MV Act. The rule about the cab driver uniform and wearing slippers on motorcycles have been there for many years now. However, recently, the cops have started to implement them in parts of the country.

Rajasthan is one of the states that has decided to defer the implementation of the new MV Act due to the high fine amount. Instead, the state is now working to formulate new rules with lower fine amounts and implement it in the state. This has been done due to the sudden rise in the fine amounts, which has seen a lot of opposition from the motorists.

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