Bill proposing higher penalty for traffic violations passed in Rajya Sabha

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