Odisha relaxes enforcement of new traffic norms for another 3 months


Bhubaneswar: In a big relief to the commuters, the Odisha government on Thursday extended the deadline for enforcement of new traffic rules by 3 more months in view of huge rush at Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the state for driving licenses.

Transport minister Padmanabha Behera on Thursday announced it in the state Assembly following approval of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday.  

“Today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation and has directed that extension of another three months be given to ensure the motor vehicle users to obtain required documents and ensure full compliance with the provisions of the MV Act,” said Behera in a statement.

Following public commotion over the levying of heavy fines, the state government had relaxed implementation of the new traffic rules for three months ending November 30.

 The government had allowed people time to prepare their documents to comply with the traffic norms under the amended Motor Vehicle Act.