Facilitating relief to the Mumbaikars at as miniscule level as it may seem, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday, Jan 17 revoked it’s rule to punish people wearing no mask inside their private vehicles. In its new direction, not wearing a mask inside private vehicles will no longer be a punishable offence. However, it would still be a punishable offence for not wearing a face mask inside the public transport.
The civic body has been collecting fines of Rs. 200 from people defaulting in wearing masks whether inside their private vehicles or inside the public transport. The fine was Rs. 1000 per person per instance when it was initially introduced in April 2020. However, it was later reduced to Rs. 200 per person per instance. Now, the civic body will discontinue levying fines on people not wearing masks inside their vehicles, which would definitely bring a relief to the people who find no logic behind penalising people inside the private vehicles even though the co-seaters belong to the same family.
Recently, there were many videos which surfaced online expressing their grievances over imposing a penalty on not wearing a mask inside the private vehicle even though the co-seaters inside the vehicle are from the same family. “We live together inside the house and still we have to pay the fine for not wearing a mask inside our private vehicle with the same family members. What’s the logic?” said a man appearing in a video making rounds on social media recently.
Notably, Mumbai had been at surge in reporting COVID-19 cases since April 2020 and the Shiv Sena led BMC took the decision to penalize the ‘careless’ citizens for jumping the rule of wearing masks. It is to be noted that BMC will continue penalising those not wearing masks inside public transport as well as at public places. Hence, Mumbaikars need to be cautious while interpreting BMC’s latest move to provide relief to only the private vehicle commuters.
As per an Indian Express report, BMC has been penalising 46 people per day for not wearing masks at public places and making a collection of around Rs. 10,000 per day. As per the data provided by the civic body, it has collected a total fine of Rs. 10 lakh crore from people not wearing masks till Nov 28 by penalising 4.86 lakh people in Mumbai.