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Heavy fines for traffic violations come into effect

September 2, 2019

Under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, get set to pay higher traffic penalties from this month onwards. The Bill was cleared by Parliament in August and aims to ensure people who violate traffic rules now fear to do so. An "intelligent traffic system" will monitor offences, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.Now offences like the use of mobiles, jumping traffic lights and driving on the wrong lane are categorised as "dangerous driving".

Penal provisions have been made more stringent for violations like not wearing a seat belt, jumping red light and drunk driving under the new Act said NS Bundela, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Delhi to the media.

There is a need to increase public awareness and our motive will be to ensure that people drive safely. We will work towards making our roads safer for citizens. - NS Bundela, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Delhi

  • Now fine for driving without licence has been increased from ₹ 500 to ₹ 5,000. For driving despite disqualification, the fine has been raised from ₹ 500 to ₹ 10,000. Drivers will be fined ₹ 10,000 for not giving way to emergency while taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola violating driving licences will be fined up to ₹ one lakh.
  • Over-speeding will now invite a fine between ₹ 1,000- ₹ 2,000., while for light motor vehicles the fine is now ₹ 1,000 and for medium passenger vehicles ₹ 2,000.
  • Driving without a seat-belt can now invite a fine of ₹ 1,000.
  • Driving without insurance will mean a fine of ₹ 2,000, without helmets ₹ 1,000 and can face three-month suspension of their licence.
  • In case of any road offence by underage drivers, the vehicle owner will be held guilty. The fine will be ₹ 25,000 along with three years in jail and the registration will be cancelled.

Gadkari has also said the process of making a driver's license would be computerised and everyone, even VIPs will have to pass online tests for a license.

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