New Motor Vehicle Act : Driving habits about to change

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New Motor Vehicle Act: The way India drives finally changes. Government approves Motor Bill and it implements penalties for traffic defaulters. It proposes high penalties for violating traffic norms including Rs 10,000 fine for not giving way to emergency vehicles and an equal penalty for driving despite disqualification. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Motor Vehicles (Amendment), Bill. Under the New Motor Vehicle Act, a penalty of Rs 10,000 implied to those who do not give way to an ambulance on the road.

The much sought reform in the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 will bring a similar fine on those driving with a suspended license. Such penalties will range across offenses like drunken driving, dangerous driving, over-speeding, and overloading. Aggregators violating driving licenses can further be fined up to Rs 1 lakh under the new bill.
The proposals are based on the recommendations of transport ministers from 18 states, which were vetted by the Standing Committee of Parliament. As per the Bill,

  • Driving without insurance will be punishable with Rs 2,000 fine while driving without helmets will attract Rs 1,000 fine and 3-month suspension of license. 
  • It also includes that guardian/owner will be deemed to be guilty in case of road offense by juveniles while registration of the vehicle will be cancelled. 
  • Guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty and there will be a penalty of Rs 25,000 with three years imprisonment.
  • Traffic violations would now attract a penalty of Rs 500 in place of Rs 100 earlier, while disobedience of orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000 in place of Rs 500 earlier. 
  • Penalty for unauthorized use of vehicles without a license has been proposed at Rs 5,000 while those driving without a license will have to shell out the same amount and those found driving despite disqualification would be fined Rs 10,000. 
  • Penalty for dangerous 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. 
  • Those not wearing seat belts would attract Rs 1,000 fine and those not wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers would be charged a penalty of Rs 1,000 while their licenses will be disqualified for 3 months.


Over Speeding- Rs 1000 to 2000

Driving without insurance – Rs 2000

Driving without a helmet – Rs 1000 + 3-months license suspension

Disobedience of the orders of authorities – Rs 2000

Unauthorized use of vehicles without a license – Rs 5000

Driving despite disqualification – Rs 10,000

Dangerous driving – Rs 5000

Drunken driving – Rs 10,000

Driving without seat belts – Rs 1000

Overloading of vehicles – Rs 20,000

Note: For offenses committed by the enforcing authorities, the same fine can be doubled.

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