New Delhi, Sept. 11 -- Amid clamour for revising steep fines under recently amended Motor Vehicles Act, Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said states have the authority to revise fines.

"States can revise fines if they want. However, people's lives should be saved," Gadkari said.

This also comes in the backdrop of Gujarat becoming the first BJP-ruled state to reduce traffic fines, with chief minister Vijay Rupani saying that the "base rate for the fines will be lower than the one proposed by the union government" and the revised fines will be implemented from September 16.

Gadkari said that the Motor vehicles act is in the concurrent list and states as well as the Centre can revise and frame rules under th...