The National Stigma About Rules: To follow or not to follow
As we celebrated our 73rd Independence Day in 2019, we must look back and see what we have achieved in the past. We have achievements to celebrate and glorify. We have developed a strong, peaceful image of our country on a global map. From agriculture, sports, politics, music to medical, space research, technology; India has a world-class footprint. The world is looking at India as a market to invest and seek growth. Indian tourism is peaking at the right time and be able to generate jobs to local people. The revolution called make-in-India has boosted entrepreneurship in the country like never before. India as a nation seems to be performing well and in the right direction.
Every coin has two sides. Every country has some loopholes too. With the bigger picture showing growth, there are some factors which need introspection. Inside the country, there are so many worrying factors. The hatred among people for a particular religion. The caste-based politics and luring people for the sake of votes. Assigning quota and reservation when elections are near. Instead of finding long term solution for agriculture going for the patchwork of loan waive off. Disrespecting women and not treating them equally with men. Creating rules but finding ways to break them.
Traffic rules are the major set of rules that people violate. Breaking traffic signal, no helmet, no seatbelt, overcrowding, driving without license, illegal parking, not the following lane, over speeding, drink & drive and much more. If you google, you’ll find that India has one of the highest road fatality rates. But there is a possibility that this will change. We’ll see a drastic change and people will be forced to follow the rules. The new Motor Vehicle Bill is passed by the government and the laws will be stricter from henceforth.
Some of the common traffic violations with the new penalty:
|Traffic Violations||Previous Fine (INR)||New Fine (INR)|
|Driving without license||500/-||5000/-|
|Driving without insurance||1000/-||2000/-|
|Over Speeding||400/-||1000/- (LMV) 2000/- (Passenger Vehicle)|
The penalty will be 10 times more and you have to pay the amount in thousands. With stricter rules, there is a hope that people will learn and embrace safety as a priority. The advancements in the automotive and transport industry are astonishing. The technology is meant to support and help the citizens to excel. But do we use this technology to its fullest potential? Forget about using it at the fullest potential, do we understand how to handle it? We do the desi jugaad all the time. We oppose when the government makes helmet compulsory. We overload our vehicle without thinking of its capacity. We opt for a vehicle without any safety feature because it is cheap.
The rules are made for the safety of people. The industry is investing its time and resources to design newer methods and technology. Government taking massive steps to ensure the safety of citizens. Building road infrastructure, starting safety programme, encouraging the e-mobility segment, Introducing BS-VI engine. The citizens now need to understand their responsibility and act accordingly. Future will be better if you start getting better today. Think. Learn. Change. A developed country needs responsible citizen. Start today.