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Motor Vehicles Bill 2019 Passed: Here’s The List Of New Fines

| Published on August 2, 2019

The Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Wednesday. It aims to improve road safety, raise penalties for traffic violations, curb RTO (Regional Transport Office) corruption.

The Bill has proposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 for driving without a license which earlier was Rs 500.

The bill would allow stricter punishment for various traffic-related offenses as well as higher penalties. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh for death and Rs 2.5 lakh for grievous injury in a motor vehicle accident case.

Driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs 2,000 fine while driving without helmets will attract Rs 1,000 penalty and 3-month suspension of license.

Traffic violations will have a penalty of Rs 500 which was Rs 100 earlier, while disobedience of orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 500.

Overspeeding will fetch you a penalty of Rs 1,000- 2,000.

Motor Vehicles Bill

The bill proposes Rs 10,000 fine for not giving way to emergency vehicles and Rs 10,000 for driving despite disqualification. Aggregators violating driving licenses will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh.

For offenses committed by juveniles, the guardian/owner will be deemed guilty owing a penalty of Rs 25,000 with three years imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the Motor Vehicle.

Penalty for reckless driving would be increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000, while drunken driving under the proposed new law would attract a fine of Rs 10,000.

If aggregators are found violating licensing conditions, they will be charged a sum of up to Rs 1 lakh” while overloading of vehicles would attract a penalty of Rs 20,000.

Description Old penalty/provision New proposed penalty/provision
Driving without license Rs 500 Rs 5000
Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
Over speeding Rs 400 Rs 1000 (light motor vehicle)

Rs 2000 (medium passenger vehicle)

Dangerous driving Rs 1000 Rs 5000
Drunken driving Rs 2000 Rs 10,000
Racing Rs 500 Rs 5000
Overloading   Rs 1000 per extra passenger
No seatbelt Rs 100 Rs 1000
Overloading two-wheeler Rs 100 Rs 2000; license disqualification for 3 months
No helmet Rs 100 Rs 1000; license disqualification for 3 months
Not providing a way to an emergency vehicle   Rs 10,000
Driving without insurance Rs 1000 Rs 2000
Offenses by juveniles   Guardian/vehicle owner deemed guilty – Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment. Vehicle registration canceled. Juvenile to be tried under the JJ Act
Offenses committed by enforcing agencies   Double of applicable penalty

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