Amended MV Act has been deferred till Jan 1, 2021: Mauvin

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Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho seen with a beneficiary during the distribution of a wheelchair at the valedictory function of the weeklong ‘Seva Saptah’ held at New Vaddem on Sunday.

Vasco: Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has said that the decision on implementation of new Motor Vehicle Amendment Act in the state which was supposed to be implemented from October 1, 2020 has been deferred in view of the ongoing pandemic situation. 

The Transport Minister further disclosed that he has recommended implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Amendment Act in the state from January 1, 2021, however the final decision will be taken up by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant by discussing with all the stakeholders.

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the weeklong ‘Seva Saptah’ celebration at BJP office based at New Vaddem on Sunday. Godinho distributed disability aids including those of wheelchairs, hearing aids, walkers and financial assistance to 27 needy and physically challenged persons. The function was attended by Dabolim BJP president Sandeep Sood, Dabolim BJP Mahila Morcha president Anita Thorat, Dabolim BJP Yuva Morcha president Sankalp Mahale, BJP South Goa vice president Santosh Kerkar, Chicolna Bogmalo sarpanch Lorena Cunha, MMC councillor Gaurish Mardolkar, Chicalim Communidade attorney Raymond Carvalho, Ligorio Monteiro, Ajay Thorat, Brahma Pawar and others.

“The new Motor Vehicle Amendment Act was supposed to be implemented from October 1, 2020. The act was only to be notified, but the state government has kept the decision on hold. We have to look into every aspect while implementing the act by going through the rates for applying fines”, said Godinho.

“As people are going through a financial crisis in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, the state government has decided to defer the act. The Chief Minister Sawant will take a decision when and how long to delay the implementation of the act”, added Godinho. He however has disclosed that he has recommended implementing the act from January 1, 2021, but the final decision will be taken by the Chief Minister in consultation with all the stakeholders. While addressing the valedictory function, Godinho said that “The centre and the state government has stressed on improving the quality life of the people.”

He disclosed that he is working out a schedule for the operations of the electrical buses which will help Goa to minimise the level of air pollution. “The state government is focusing to introduce more and more electric buses in Goa and also to set up charging stations for smooth functioning of all the buses”, added Godinho.