Traffic Offences Going to Pinch Harder with Increased Penalties from September 1

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 with 63 clauses is coming into force from September 1. To implement strict provisions for traffic violations, the penalty for various offences has been increased manifold.

Now, get ready to pay more in case of drunken driving, driving without helmet, driving without seat belts, overloading and underage driving. A notification from MHA has been forwarded to the State Transport Authority (STA) and traffic police by Dr. Ajay Kumar Singla, UT Transport Secretary. It is regarding the implementation of the new policy from September 1.

Amendments To The Act

As per the spokesperson of Chandigarh Police, Inspector Pardeep Sharma, the least fine would be Rs 1,000 for a traffic violation now. This was earlier Rs 300.

Traffic Violation Earlier Provision/Penalty Increased Provision/Penalty
General provision for punishment of offences Rs 100 Rs 100-500
Violation of rules of road regulation Rs 100 Rs 500-1,000
Driving without insurance Rs 1,000 Rs 1,000 + imprisonment up to 3 months
Driving without license Rs 500 Rs 500-5,000
Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 500-10,000
Without seat belts Rs 100 Rs 1,000
Without helmet driving Rs 300 Rs 1,000 + suspension of driving license for 3 months
Overspeeding Rs 400 Rs 400-1,000 for LMV, Rs 2,000-4,000 for medium passenger or goods vehicle + impounding of driving license for subsequent offence
Speeding or racing Rs 500 Rs 500 + imprisonment of 1 month
Drunken driving Rs 2,000 Rs 10,000 + imprisonment up to 6 months
Overloading   Rs 25,000
Overloading of passengers NA Rs 1,000 per extra passenger
Oversized vehicles NA Rs 5,000
Dangerous driving Rs 1,000 Rs 5,000
Not giving way to emergency vehicles like ambulance NA Rs 10,000
Juvenile caught for underage driving   Rs 25,000 + imprisonment for 3 years + parents/guardians/owner of vehicle will be held guilty
Disobedience of orders of authorities Rs 500 Rs 500-2,000
Unauthorised use of vehicles without license Rs 1,000 Rs 1,000-5,000

Other Amendments

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 consists of a total of 89 clauses. Out of them, 63 clauses will be implemented from September 1. These provisions relate to transport policy, registration of vehicles, driving license, and penalties.

  • Provision Of Driving License

Before one year of the expiry of driving license, the license holder can apply for its renewal. He/She can obtain a renewed license after one year of the expiry date. This implies that the license holder can use the expired license for another year. But in case of failure to get the renewed license after one year of the expiry of the previous license, he/she will have to undergo a driving test again.

  • Compulsory Helmet

For everyone over four years of age riding on a two-wheeler, the helmet has been made mandatory.

  • Underage Driving

In case of a juvenile is caught for underage driving, the minor driver will be tried under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. Along with a huge fine and penalty (as stated in the table above), registration of the vehicle will be cancelled. After one year, a fresh application for registration can be submitted.

News Source: The Indian Express, Business Today

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