Higher fine for mistakes/crimes committed on roads
Check out the list of updated fines that you will have to pay if you make any mistakes or commit a crime on the road.
The new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill has been passed with three government amendments in the Rajya Sabha. Now, it will need to go back to the Lok Sabha for the final approval. Earlier, it had been passed in the Lok Sabha on 23rd July 2019.
The new bill comes with an increase in penalties for all the mistakes a driver commits on the road. The penalties regarding motor vehicles will be increased by 10 per cent every year.
Stricter actions against traffic violations like juvenile driving, drunken driving, driving without a license, dangerous driving, over-speeding, overloading, etc. are expected to deter traffic violations.
The fine for General offense and violating rules of the road has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 500. If you disobey the orders of the authorities, you will have to pay Rs 2,000 as compared to the earlier fine of Rs 500.
If the driver is caught using the vehicles without a license he/she will have to pay Rs 5,000 as compared to Rs 1,000 charged earlier. Let’s have a look at the new penalties for the mistakes we commit on the road:
Drunken Driving: Rs 10,000; earlier, Rs 2,000
Speeding/Racing: Rs 5,000; earlier, Rs 500
Seat belt: Rs 1,000 as compared to Rs 100 earlier
Driving without license: Rs 5,000; earlier, 1,000
Driving despite disqualification: Rs 10,000; earlier, Rs 500
Over speeding: Rs 1000 for LMV and Rs 2000 for medium passenger vehicles; earlier, Rs 400.
Dangerous driving penalty: Up to Rs 5,000 as compared to Rs 1,000 earlier.
Driving without insurance: Rs 2,000 as compared to Rs 1,000 earlier.
If the rider of a two-wheeler is overloading the bike, he/she will be fined Rs 2,000 as compared to Rs 100 earlier. Also, the license of the rider will be revoked for three months.
Two new penalties include fines for not giving way for emergency vehicles (Rs 10,000) and offences by juveniles. In case of offence by juveniles, the guardian/owner will be deemed guilty and will have to pay Rs 25,000 with three years of imprisonment. Registration of the motor vehicle can also be cancelled under the JJ act.
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari said, "In the area of road safety, the Bill proposes to increase penalties to act as a deterrent against traffic violations. Stricter provisions are being proposed in respect of offences like juvenile driving, drunken driving, driving without a licence, dangerous driving, over-speeding, overloading etc.”
He also added, "The Bill would, in no way, encroach upon the powers and authorities of the states.” He said that the Bill would instead empower the states. He added that the Bill will provide an efficient, safe, and corruption-free transport system in the country.
The provision to amend the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 was tabled in 2017 but was not cleared. It lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.