BJP-ruled Gujarat and Uttarakhand have already announced a cut in penalties. The reduction in fines in Gujarat is as steep as 90 per cent in some cases. Karnataka has said it will also soon announce a cut in penalties. "I have instructed our officials that we will follow that order here also. Mostly in about two-three days like in Gujarat, here also we will try to cut the penalties that are high," Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Wednesday.
However, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari sought to play down the drastic cuts in fines in Gujarat. "First of all, the Motor Vehicles Act
is in concurrent list. Centre and state governments have the right to make laws in this regard...and they'll (states) take decision what they consider is appropriate," he said.
BJP-Shiv Sena coalition ruled Maharashtra has also joined the list of states who have put a stay on the implementation of new rules.
Announcing the decision, the state transport minister Diwakar Raote on Wednesday termed the heavy penalties as "exorbitant" and urged the Centre to "reconsider and reduce" it.
Maharashtra is not the only state to put a stay on implementation. Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhatisgarh, Telangana are also yet to implement the new rules.
Meanwhile, Delhi government has said it has no plans to slash fines.
"As of now, the government is not mulling to dilute the traffic violation
penalties since the stringent measures are meant to ensure road safety which is a major concern in Delhi. Delhi government is very serious about it," Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told ANI