Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill Passed, Brace For Hefty Fines!

Published On Aug 2, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for Bajaj Platina 110 H Gear

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In a landmark move the MVA act has been revised and we hope it makes our roads safer. 

  • A fine of Rs 2,000 will be charged if caught without a driving license.
  • A fine of Rs 1,000 will be levied for riding without a helmet along with a three-month ban of your licence.
  • Drunk driving is a serious offence which could set you back by Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000.

The Rajya Sabha has cleared the 2019 Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill passed earlier by the Lok Sabha. The proposed bill imposes severe penalties on various road and traffic-related violations and also warrants automated fitness testing for vehicles, thereby reducing corruption in the transport department. The bill also includes insurance compensation of up to Rs 50,000 for severe injuries and up to Rs 2.5 lakh in case of death.

India has the second largest road network in the world. A population as big as ours trying to get from point A to B in time with minimal traffic regulations in place brings with it a tonne of struggles. And the easiest way to bypass this problem is to break traffic rules (as per most Indian motorists). Cutting traffic, breaking signals, and rash driving are just some scenarios, narratives that often lead to fatal accidents. 

The previous fines levied on such violations were minor which led most Indian motorists disregarding the law. But that’s about to change with the new bill and its strict fines in place. It will not only improve road safety but could also curb the number of accidents by a huge margin. Another silver lining is the introduction of ‘Golden Hour.’ According to this, a Samaritan who provides emergency medical or non-medical assistance to an accident victim will be safeguarded from any civil or criminal injury or medical officials. The move will ensure that accident victims can receive prompt assistance or access to first aid in the crucial ‘Golden Hour.’

Apart from this, if a vehicle manufacturer fails to comply with set motor safety standards, it could face retribution of up to Rs 100 crore or up to one year in prison, or both. Compulsory insurance cover for all road users in India in case of an accident will also be a norm.

Here’s the complete table showing the existing and proposed fines:


Offence

Existing Fine

Proposed Fine

Driving without a license

Rs 500

Rs 5000

Over speeding

Rs 400

Rs 2000 for LMV- Rs 4000 for medium and heavy vehicles.

Drunk driving

Rs 2000

Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000

General offences 

Rs 100

Rs 500

Riding without a helmet 

Rs 100

Rs 1000 and suspension of license for 3 months 

Driving without seatbelt

Rs 100

Rs 1000

Not providing way for emergency vehicles

-

Rs 10,000 and imprisonment upto 6 months

Juvenile Offences

-

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.

Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C)

Rs 100

Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for 3 months

Driving without qualification (182)

Rs 500

Rs 10,000

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 2,000

Unauthorized use of vehicles without a licence (180)

Rs 1,000

Rs 5,000

Dangerous driving penalty (184)

Rs 1,000

Up to Rs 5,000

Speeding/ Racing (189)

Rs 500

Rs 5,000

Vehicle without a permit (192A)

Up to Rs 5000

Up to Rs 10,000

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 insurance

Rs 1000

Rs 2000

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