Kerala Guv pays fine for speed limit breach by his official car

5 Jul 2018

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam has asked his office to remit the requisite fine for violation of speed limit by his official vehicle two months ago, setting an example and exercising a sobering effect on the 'high- profile' violaters of the traffic rule.
Former Chief Justice of India Sathasivam ordered remission of the fine despite the fact that he himself was not travelling in the erring vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, said a Raj Bhawan official. According to Raj Bhavan sources, the erring vehicle was found exceeding the prescribed speed limit on the Vellayambalam-Kowdiar stretch of a busy thoroughfare here on April 7. As the violation was caught on the speed control-detection camera installed on the stretch, the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) had sent the challan to the Raj Bhavan recently.
Without any hesitation, Sathasivam asked his staff to abide by the rules and remit the fine amount of Rs 400 to the MVD. "The Governor was not in the car when the violation took place. The incident occurred when the car was taken out for refuelling. The fine was paid by the secretary to the Governor," a Raj Bhavan official told newspersons. Describing the Governor's gesture as a "very positive" move, state transport commissioner K Padmakumar said it would persuade more people to abide by the rules.