Rajya Sabha Clears Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, Updated Fine List

  • Published On: 2 August 2019
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The amendment to the act aims at hiking the traffic fines in country by a huge margin.

Policemen Violating Traffic Laws
Traffic Police Awarding Drivers Complying With Laws
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Traffic Police Crackdown on Offenders
Policemen Violating Traffic Laws
Traffic Police Awarding Drivers Complying With Laws
Traffic Policemen Issuing Challan to Car Driver
Traffic Police Crackdown on Offenders

We had already informed you that the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill that aimed at hiking the traffic fines across the nation had been passed in the lower house of the Parliament. Now, the legislative body’s upper house has also cleared the bill and it is on its way to become the law. The amendment to the act aims at hiking the traffic fines in country by a huge margin. 

This hike in fines is aimed at making the roads of the country safer. Earlier, the fines stipulated by the Motor Vehicles Act were very small and hence the incentive to break the law and get away with a rap on the knuckles was very high among the motorists of the country. Therefore, in order to make the punitive system a bit strict and incentivize the citizens to adhere to the traffic laws, the government has hiked the fines by a large margin.

A detailed list of the changes in fine in the MV Amendment Act

Section/ Offence

Old Penalty

New Penalty (Minimum)

General (177)

Rs 100

Rs 500

Rules of road regulation violation (new 177A)

Rs. 100

Rs 500

Travelling without a ticket (178)

Rs 200

Rs 500

Disobedience of orders of authorities (179)

Rs 500

Rs 2000

Unauthorized use of vehicles without a licence (180)

Rs 1000

Rs 5000

Driving without a licence (181)

Rs 500

Rs 5000

Driving without qualification (182)

Rs 500

Rs 10,000

Oversized vehicles (182B)

New

Rs 5000

Over speeding (183)

Rs 400

Rs 1000 for LMV, Rs 2000 for Medium Passenger Vehicle

Dangerous driving penalty (184)

Rs. 1,000

Up to Rs 5000

Drunken driving (185)

Rs 2000

Rs 10,000

Speeding/ Racing (189)

Rs 500

Rs 5,000

Vehicle without a permit (192A)

Up to Rs 5000

Up to Rs 10,000

Aggregators (violations of licensing conditions) (193)

New

Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,00,000

Overloading (194)

Rs 2,000, and Rs 1,000 per extra tonne

Rs 20,000, and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne

Overloading of Passengers (194A)

N.A.

Rs 1000 per extra passenger

Seat Belt (194 B)

Rs 100

Rs 1,000

Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C)

Rs 100

Rs 2,000, Disqualification of licence for 3 months

Not providing a way for emergency vehicles (194E)

New

Rs 10,000

Driving without insurance (196)

Rs 1,000

Rs 2,000

Offences by Juveniles (199)

New

Guardian/ Owner shall be deemed guilty. Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled.

Power of officers to impound documents (206)

N.A.

Suspension of driving licence under sections 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E,

Offences committed by enforcing authorities (210B)

N.A.

Twice the penalty under the relevant section

This is a welcome move by the government of India, as the roads of India are particularly notorious for being highly unsafe. The low fines for offences lead to people sometimes breaking the law without worrying about the consequences and thus leads to lower compliance rates. In regard to this, the proposed changes should improve the situation, but enforcement will also remain a major challenge as a law can only take effect in the right sense when it is enforced in a proper and corruption free manner.

Author: Sridhar@cartoq.com

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