Driving your private vehicle? You need to have a look upon latest amendments made under Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
A week ago, Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Lok Sabha. The bill was tabled by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. On Wednesday, the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with 108 votes in favour and 13 against it. The bill aims to tighten road traffic regulations such as issuance of driving licence and imposed stricter penalties for violations in an attempt to improve road safety.
While presenting the Bill in Lok Sabha Nitin Gadkari states that, centre is not encroaching any state rights including the rights to levy vehicle registration charge and permit fee, besides posting of officials and not a single penny of state revenue would be taken by the Centre.
This bill provides punishment for various traffic related offences as well as higher penalties, and also includes a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case. Gadkari said the legislation will bring fear of law in people who violate traffic rules as an intelligent traffic system will monitor traffic offences.
Gadkari states that, India is facing shortage of 22 to 25 lakh drivers and to fill this gap, driver training institutes were planned pan India mainly in remote rural areas to uplift tribal and poor and 1,000 centres were planned. These centres are not needed in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. For this the centre is ready to provide Rs. 1 crore subsidy to each centre.
The process for obtaining driving licenses would now be computerised and anyone, whether a minister or MP, will get licenses only after passing online tests. He said the government has no intention to intervene with the power of states and state transport corporations were free to run their buses.
The changes in the fines for traffic violations? Here is a complete list for you.
|New Penalty (Minimum)|
|General (177)||Rs 100||Rs 500|
|Rules of road regulation violation (new 177A)||Rs. 100||Rs 500|
|Travelling without a ticket (178)||Rs 200||Rs 500|
|Disobedience of orders of authorities (179)||Rs 500||Rs 2000|
|Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence (180)||Rs 1000||Rs 5000|
|Driving without licence (181)||Rs 500||Rs 5000|
|Driving without qualification (182)||Rs 500||Rs 10,000|
|Oversized vehicles (182B)||New||Rs 5000|
|Over speeding (183)||Rs 400||Rs 1000 for LMV, Rs 2000 for Medium Passenger Vehicle|
|Dangerous driving penalty (184)||Rs. 1,000||Upto Rs 5000|
|Drunken driving (185)||Rs 2000||Rs 10,000|
|Speeding/ Racing (189)||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|Vehicle without permit (192A)||Upto Rs 5000||Upto Rs 10,000|
|Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions) (193)||New||Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,00,000|
|Overloading (194)||Rs 2,000, and Rs 1,000 per extra tonne||Rs 20,000, and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne|
|Overloading of Passengers (194A)||N.A.||Rs 1000 per extra passenger|
|Seat Belt (194 B)||Rs 100||Rs 1,000|
|Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C)||Rs 100||Rs 2,000 , Disqualification of licence for 3 months|
|Not providing way for emergency vehicles (194E)||New||Rs 10,000|
|Driving without insuarance (196)||Rs 1,000||Rs 2,000|
|Offences by Juveniles (199)||New||Guardian/ Owner shall be deemed guilty. Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled.|
|Power of officers to impound documents (206)||N.A.||Suspension of driving licence under sections 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E,|
|Offences committed by enforcing authorities (210B)||N.A.||Twice the penalty under the relevant section|