The Punjab government on Thursday put on hold implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act in the State. State Transport Minister Razia Sultana in an official press release said old penalty would continue to be charged for traffic-related violations until “a decision was taken on the implementation of the amended Act”. ‘Huge penalties’Admitting that traffic rule violations were a major cause of road accidents, for which violators must be punished, the Minister said at the same time “people must not be burdened with huge penalties”. “In a welfare state like India, the idea behind such kind of penalties was to deter people from violating traffic rules, not to increase the State treasury,” the Minister said, adding that the government would soon take a call on this. Spelling out the initiatives taken by the State government to tackle traffic-related violations, the Minister said the department had recently decided to equip the traffic police with e-challan machines. A decision to establish a road safety secretariat had also been taken, which would keep an eye on vehicular traffic all across the State and be responsible for ensuring compliance of road safety norms, she said. A few days ago, Punjab Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) S.S. Chauhan had said that the State government would soon call a meeting of all stakeholders with regard to implementation of the amended Act. Parliament in July had passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations.