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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
|Section||Old Penalty||New Penalty|
|New 177A||Rules of road regulation violation||Rs.100||Rs.500|
|179||Disobedience of authorities orders||Rs.500||Rs.2,000|
|180||Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence||Rs.1,000||Rs.5,000|
|181||Driving without licence||Rs.500||Rs.5,000|
|182||Driving despite disqualification||Rs.500||Rs.10,000|
|182 B||Oversize vehicles||New||Rs.5,000|
|183||Over speeding||Rs.400||Rs.1,000 for LMV & Rs.2,000 for Medium passenger vehicle|
|184||Dangerous driving penalty||Rs.1,000||Up to Rs.5,000|
|192 A||Vehicle without permit||Up to Rs.5,000||Up to Rs.10,000|
|193||Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)||New||Rs.10,000|
|194||Overloading||Rs.2,000 and Rs.1,000 per extra tonne||Rs.20,000 and Rs.2,000 per extra tonne|
|194 A||Overloading of passengers||New||Rs.1,000 per extra passenger|
|194 B||Seat belt||Rs.100||Rs.1,000|
|194 C||Overloading of two wheelers||Rs.100||Rs.2,000 Disqualification for 3 months of the licence|
|194 D||Helmets||Rs.100||Rs.1,000 Disqualification for 3 months of the licence|
|194 E||Not providing way for emergency vehicles||New||Rs.10,000|
|196||Driving without Insurance||Rs.1,000||Rs.2,000|
|199||Offences by Juveniles||New||Guardian/Owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs. 25,000 with 3 yrs imprisonment.|
|206||Power of Offices to impound documents||New||Suspension of driving licenses u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E|
|210 B||Offences committed by enforcing authorities||New||Twice 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.