Bhubaneswar: Odisha has broken the record for the highest fine imposed under the new Motor Vehicle Act in the country by slapping a staggering penalty of Rs 86,500 on an errant truck driver in Sambalpur.
The incident occurred on September 3, but only came to light on Sunday after pictures of the challan went viral on social media.
Sources said the truck driver, Ashok Yadav, was intercepted during a routine checking in Sambalpur. While the truck was spotted to be overloaded, the driver also didn’t have the proper documents.
He was penalised a total of Rs 86,500. This included Rs 500 for general offence, Rs 5,000 for allowing an unauthorized person to drive a vehicle, Rs 5,000 for driving without a valid licence, Rs 56,000 for carrying overloaded goods and Rs 20,000 for carrying over-dimension load.
However, the fine was later settled for Rs 70,000.
The truck belongs to M/S BLA Infrastructure located at Ministerial Hill in Kohima, Nagaland. The driver hails from Hazaribag in Jharkhand.