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Motor Vehicle Act marches forward after Lok Sabha passes the new Amendment Bill

Sumit Asrani Sumit Asrani 09 May 2017
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A 30 year old Motor Vehicles Act marches forward focusing on safe and sustainable mobility. Read to know more how violating traffic rules can affect you, henceforth.

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The new Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill passed on 11th April 2017 propagates higher penalties for traffic rule violation and bogus driving license. The bill focused on the changes in third party insurance, ushering e-governance in the transport sector and road safety.

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Read on to know how much hefty fines you will end up paying in case of over speeding vehicle, driving without license, etc.

Here’s the highlights of the Bill:

In case of Underage (below 18 years of age) driving:

  • The Bill proposes for a strict action against underage (below 18 years old) drivers. Parents of the underage driver would be held accountable while the minor involved will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.

  • The registration of the vehicle will be cancelled. In case of an accident, parents will have to shell out a fine of Rs. 25,000, while inviting imprisonment for three years.

In case of traffic violation:

  • The bill passed heavy penalties, on account of traffic violations or non-adherence to safety driving norms. As per the new amendment passed, the penalty is of Rs. 10,000 in case of drink and drive.

Third-party Insurance:

  • The bill stated a major change in third party insurance. Losses incurred under Third Party Insurance would be more stringent.
  • The maximum liability of 10 lakhs in case of death due to motor accident and 5 lakh in case of serious injury.

Taxi aggregators:

  • The new Bill proposed to take strict action against taxi aggregators under the new motor vehicle law for traffic rule violation or non-adherence to safety driving.

In case of finding Bad Roads:

  • As per the new amendment, road contractors would be held accountable and may blacklist the contractor in case holes are found on the roads or on account of bad roads.

Focusing on e-governance and zero tolerance for corruption:

  • Ushering 100 per cent e-governance in the transport sector, the Bill states to link vehicle registration and license with Aadhar card.

  • Aadhaar card is mandatory to apply for the driving license. There is no need to visit transport office to apply for learning license, applicants for learning license can be apply directly online.

  • The bill supports zero tolerance while applying for a driver’s license. No issuance of driving license without a test to avoid corruption.

The table below list out the new penalties in case of non-adherence traffic rules and regulations:

SectionOld PenaltyNew Penalty
New 177ARules of road regulation violationRs.100Rs.500
178Ticketless travelRs.200Rs.500
179Disobedience of authorities ordersRs.500Rs.2,000
180Unauthorized use of vehicles without licenceRs.1,000Rs.5,000
181Driving without licenceRs.500Rs.5,000
182Driving despite disqualificationRs.500Rs.10,000
182 BOversize vehiclesNewRs.5,000
183Over speedingRs.400Rs.1,000 for LMV & Rs.2,000 for Medium passenger vehicle
184Dangerous driving penaltyRs.1,000Up to Rs.5,000
185Drunken drivingRs.2,000Rs.10,000
189Speeding/ RacingRs.500Rs.5,000
192 AVehicle without permitUp to Rs.5,000Up to Rs.10,000
193Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)NewRs.10,000
194OverloadingRs.2,000 and Rs.1,000 per extra tonneRs.20,000 and Rs.2,000 per extra tonne
194 AOverloading of passengersNewRs.1,000 per extra passenger
194 BSeat beltRs.100Rs.1,000
194 COverloading of two wheelersRs.100Rs.2,000 Disqualification for 3 months of the licence
194 DHelmetsRs.100Rs.1,000 Disqualification for 3 months of the licence
194 ENot providing way for emergency vehiclesNewRs.10,000
196Driving without InsuranceRs.1,000Rs.2,000
199Offences by JuvenilesNewGuardian/Owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs. 25,000 with 3 yrs imprisonment.
206Power of Offices to impound documentsNewSuspension of driving licenses u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E
210 BOffences committed by enforcing authoritiesNewTwice the penalty under the relevant section

The newly passed bill focuses on the safety of the civilians, making e-governance an important ingredient of Transport sector and obliterating corruption. Thus, the new amendment bill marches towards a better future of maintaining safe and sustainable mobility.

I hope the change in fines would result in lesser number of road accidents.

Happy Driving!

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