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Are you aware of new penalties for traffic violations?

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-

S.No

Offence DescriptionOld PenaltyNew Penalty
1

Road Regulation Violation (177 A)

Rs 100Rs 500
2Driving without a license (181)Rs 500Rs 5,000
3Driving despite disqualification (182)Rs 500Rs 10,000
4Over speeding (183)Rs 400Rs 1,000-2,000 (light motor vehicle)

Rs 2,000-4,000 (medium passenger vehicle)

5Dangerous driving (184)Rs 1,000Imprisonment 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.
6Drunk driving (185)Rs 2,000Imprisonment 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.
7Racing (189)Rs 500Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs 500 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 1month and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for second offence.
8No seatbelt (194B)Rs 100Rs 1,000
9Overloading two-wheeler (194C)Rs 100Rs 2,000; license disqualification for 3 months
10No helmet (194D)Rs 100Rs 1000; license disqualification for 3 months
11Not providing way to emergency vehicle (194E)New ruleRs 10,000
12Driving without insurance (196)Rs 1,000Rs 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
13Failure to comply with standards for road design, construction and maintenance (198)New ruleUp to Rs 1 lakh
14Offences by juveniles (199)New ruleGuardian/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.
15Offences committed by enforcing agencies (210B)New ruleDouble of applicable penalty
16Overloading passengers (194A)New ruleRs 1,000 per passenger
17Overloading of two-wheelers (194C)Rs 100DL impounded for 3 months
18Talking on mobile phone while driving (177)Rs 1,000

Rs 5,000

 

Traffic-violations-Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019
Image source- The Better India

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?


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