India has one of the highest road fatalities in the world. One of the biggest reasons behind it is traffic violations. We do have traffic rules in the country and we know how strictly they are followed. In fact, you too must have broken a traffic rule at least once in your life. To reduce road accidents and fatalities, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Parliament last month, approving the new penalties that increase up to ten times, depending on the violation. Are you aware of these new penalties for traffic violations?
Some of the new penalties are mentioned below and we also have a detailed info graphic that explains it better –
|Offence Description||Old Penalty||New Penalty|
Road Regulation Violation (177 A)
|Rs 100||Rs 500|
|2||Driving without a license (181)||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|3||Driving despite disqualification (182)||Rs 500||Rs 10,000|
|4||Over speeding (183)||Rs 400||Rs 1,000-2,000 (light motor vehicle)
Rs 2,000-4,000 (medium passenger vehicle)
|5||Dangerous driving (184)||Rs 1,000||Imprisonment of 6 months-1 year and/or fine of Rs 1,000-5,000 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for second offence.|
|6||Drunk driving (185)||Rs 2,000||Imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for second offence.|
|7||Racing (189)||Rs 500||Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs 500 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for second offence.|
|8||No seatbelt (194B)||Rs 100||Rs 1,000|
|9||Overloading two-wheeler (194C)||Rs 100||Rs 2,000; license disqualification for 3 months|
|10||No helmet (194D)||Rs 100||Rs 1000; license disqualification for 3 months|
|11||Not providing way to emergency vehicle (194E)||New rule||Rs 10,000|
|12||Driving without insurance (196)||Rs 1,000||Rs 1,000-2,000 and/or punishment up to 3 months for first offence. Rs 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for second offence|
|13||Failure to comply with standards for road design, construction and maintenance (198)||New rule||Up to Rs 1 lakh|
|14||Offences by juveniles (199)||New rule||Guardian/vehicle owner deemed guilty – Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment. Vehicle registration cancelled for 12 months. Juvenile ineligible to obtain license until the age of 25 years.|
|15||Offences committed by enforcing agencies (210B)||New rule||Double of applicable penalty|
|16||Overloading passengers (194A)||New rule||Rs 1,000 per passenger|
|17||Overloading of two-wheelers (194C)||Rs 100||DL impounded for 3 months|
|18||Talking on mobile phone while driving (177)||Rs 1,000||
A detailed look at the fines in the below info graphic.
Source – New Traffic Fines
The new rules have been put into effect from 1st September 2019. Let us know in the comments below what other rules have been added in the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019.
Do you think these new penalties would prove effective in reducing road fatalities? What else way you could think of?