New Motor Vehicles Bill has tough penalties
August 2, 2019
The new Motor Vehicles Bill has tougher penalties and heavy fines for road violations. The Bill is one step close to becoming a law after it cleared in the Rajya Sabha this week. It has already been cleared in the Lok Sabha.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the Bill once enacted will instil fear in people who break traffic rules because there will now be an intelligent traffic system to monitor offences.
Congratulating every citizen on passing of 'The motor vehicle amendment bill' which will pave way to safer roads. I am thankful to the members of the house who realised the gravity of the subject and voted in the favour of the bill. Five lakh accidents happen in our country causing 1.5 lakh deaths, every year. We are number one in accidents in the world, now we've got the chance to correct this. - Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India
- Use of mobiles, jumping traffic lights and driving on the wrong lane to be categorised as dangerous driving. Drivers will be fined Rs.10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles and Rs. 10,000 for driving despite disqualification. Taxi aggregators violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs one lakh.
- Drivers caught speeding will be fined Rs. 1,000-2,000.
- Driving without insurance will invite a fine of Rs. 2,000.Driving without helmets, Rs. 1,000 and a three-month suspension of licence.
- If any underage driver is caught committing a road offence, the guardian or owner of the vehicle will be held guilty and the penalty will be Rs. 25,000, three years in jail and the registration will be cancelled.
- For traffic violations, people will be fined Rs. 500 now.
- Unauthorised use of vehicles without a licence or driving without a license will invite a fine of Rs. 5,000. Driving despite disqualification will invite a fine of Rs. 10,000.
- The penalty for dangerous driving will be increased to Rs. 5,000. Drunk driving could mean a fine of Rs. 10,000. Overloading of vehicles will draw a penalty of Rs. 20,000.
The new Bill has won a huge round of applause from groups fighting for improved road safety. One of them SaveLIFE Foundation tweeted, "We thank our leaders for their support in this fight against road crashes and look forward to working alongside them for effective implementation".