Roughly 1.5 lakh people are killed in road accidents every year in India, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has pointed out. To deter people from violating traffic regulations, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 proposes to increase the penalties.
- The Bill proposes a penalty of Rs 10,000 for not providing way for emergency vehicles.
- There is a penalty of Rs 10,000 for drunken driving.
- A fine of Rs 5000 has been proposed for driving without licence.
There is a piece of bad news for regular traffic offenders. They will now have to pay hefty fines for violating the rules. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to hike the penalty for traffic infringement, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha. However, it has been sent to the Lok Sabha with three amendments. The Lower House of the Parliament had earlier cleared the legislation on July 23.
The Bill also aims to improve road safety, facilitate citizens in their dealings with transport departments, strengthen rural transport, public transport and last-mile connectivity through automation, computerization and online services.
Roughly 1.5 lakh people are killed in road accidents every year in India, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has pointed out. To deter people from violating traffic regulations, the Bill proposes to increase the penalties. The legislation provides for stricter provisions concerning offences like juvenile driving, drunken driving, driving without licence, dangerous driving, over-speeding and overloading, among others. Below are all the proposed amendments in various penalties under Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that you need to know.
|Section||Old Provision/ Penalty||New Proposed Provision/ Minimum Penalties|
|177||General||Rs 100||Rs 500|
|New 177 A||Rules of road regulation violation||Rs 100||Rs 500|
|178||Travel without ticket||Rs 200||Rs 500|
|179||Disobedience of orders of authorities||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 vehicles|
|184||Dangerous driving penalty||Rs 1,000||Up to Rs 5,000|
|185||Drunken driving||Rs 2,000||Rs 10,000|
|189||Speeding/ Racing||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|192 A||Vehicle without permit||Up to Rs 5,000||Up to Rs 10,000|
|193||Aggregators (violation of licencing conditions)||New||Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh|
|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||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 of licence for three months|
|194 D||Helmets||Rs 100||R 1,000, disqualification of licence for three months|
|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 fine with 3 years imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of motor vehicle to be cancelled.|
|206||Power of officers to impound documents||Suspension of driving licences u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E.|
|210 B||Offences committed by enforcing authorities||Twice the penalty under the relevant section.|