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Not so 'fine', says Twitterati

Social networking websites are abuzz with reactions against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the proposed change in the Motor Vehicle Act that will lead to heftier challans for flouting traffic rules.

delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2012 02:29 IST
Namya Sinha

Social networking websites are abuzz with reactions against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the proposed change in the Motor Vehicle Act that will lead to heftier challans for flouting traffic rules.

Soon after the news broke, ‘Motor Vehicle Act’ and ‘Rs 5,000’ (the hiked fine for talking on the cell phone while driving) were the top trending topics on Twitter, since Thursday.

People were mostly concerned about the implementations. “The Rs 5000 fine for using mobile phone while driving is great news. Implementation on ground will be vital though!” wrote a user Rahul Ojha, while Tejas Hattiangadi tweeted, “Motor Vehicle Act. Wow, guess we should all ditch vehicles and walk henceforth.”

Bollywood filmmaker Pritish Nandy too reacted to the issue on Twitter. “R5,000 fine for talking on a cell phone while driving. Next step: Death sentence for slapping a minister,” he wrote. Prince Singhal, founder, Community Against Drunken Driving, feels that a lot will depend on how it is enforced. “There has to be a committee to monitor these fines and how they are being taken from offenders. A tab has to be kept, else it might lead to increased corruption. If implemented well, we’ll be able to completely eradicate the menace of drunk driving,” he says.

Jokes on Twitter
Feddee 6184 tweets, “@ But but speed main 220 di chalaan, police de samne main nai rukda, I am knight rider!”
ContractorBhai tweets, “Rs 5,000 penalty if you talk on your cellphone while driving. I need a landline in the car.”
Shrikanth tweets, “Now you should explain to your GFs that talking to them while driving comes at a cost of Rs 5,000.”