‘Lungi’-Clad UP Truck Drivers to be Slapped With Rs 2,000 Fine for Defying Dress Code Under MV Act

A truck driver brushes his teeth next to his parked truck while waiting to get his loads cleared to cross a checkpoint at the Commercial Taxes Department check post at Walayar in Palakkad district in southern Indian state of Kerala, India, September 5, 2015. At the Walayar checkpoint in southern India, lines of idle trucks stretch as far as the eye can see in both directions along the tree-lined interstate highway, waiting for clearance from tax inspectors that can take days to complete. The rollout of a nationwide goods and services tax (GST) from April was supposed to sweep away hundreds of checkposts on India's state borders, paving the way for the seamless movement of goods from the tropical south to the Himalayas in the north. But political opposition and the dilution of some of the tax's key tenets mean hopes are fading that the checkposts will be demolished any time soon, a major blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda - and for India's economy. Picture taken September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Sivaram V - GF10000207875

‘Lungi’-Clad UP Truck Drivers to be Slapped With Rs 2,000 Fine for Defying Dress Code Under MV Act

Lucknow (News 18): With the imposition of heavy fines under the amended Motor Vehicles Act already causing a nation-wide uproar, Uttar Pradesh truck drivers and their helpers will face a fine of Rs 2,000 if found flouting dress code and wearing ‘lungi’ and ‘banyan’.

A new provision added to the law dictates that drivers wear full length pants with a shirt or t-shirt. They must also wear closed shoes whenever driving the vehicle.

Proper dress code is also mandatory for drivers of school vans and government vehicles.

Speaking to media ASP (Traffic) Lucknow Poornendu Singh explained that the dress code has been a part of MV Act since 1939.

“A fine of 500 rupees was introduced when the Act was amended in 1989 for violation of the dress code. Now a fine of 2000 rupees will be imposed under section 179 of MV ACT 2019 on those who will be found violating the dress code,” he said.

Additional Transport Commissioner (UP) Gangaphal said that the new Act gives powers top the states to introduce safety rules and impose hefty fines in case of violation. He said that “lungi-vest” will be unacceptable in view of the dress code. “The rule will be for everyone, even if it is a government vehicle driver,” he added.

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Henry James

One less unpleasant spectacle for those driving up the neelgiri hills winding ghats. You do know those lungi-worn, Abhinandan-moustached tamilian bus/truck drivers sitting on their elevated Ashok Leyland seats giving a free show to the climbing passengers early in the morning. All credits to Modi.