The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Sunday, directed to not fine citizens for not wearing masks inside their private vehicles. The exemption, however, excludes those travelling in public transport services such as taxis, rickshaws, trucks, and tempos.
As of now, Rs 200 fine per person is being imposed for not wearing masks in public places. The new rules have been imposed with immediate effect.
The decision was taken following several complaints by the citizens. The BMC had set the fines for skipping out on masks as well as spitting in public places at Rs 1000 in April. Later the amount was reduced to Rs 200 in September after citizens complained of the fine being too stringent.
Recently, motorists had complained to the BMC about marshals fining them while they were inside their car. Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal directed all cleanup marshals to stop fining people for violating mask rules if they are in their private vehicles.