Highlights of new Motor Vehicle Act: How much cops can penalise you?

By Osama Irfan Khan  Published on  10 Sep 2019 1:19 PM GMT
Highlights of new Motor Vehicle Act: How much cops can penalise you?

Hyderabad: Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019

In a rare incident in Gurugram a Delhi resident, Dinesh Madan, was fined a challan amounting to whooping Rs 23,000 by Gurugram Police for violation of traffic rules which included - driving without a helmet, driving without a license, driving without third party insurance, driving without a registration certificate and driving without pollution certificate.

How have the penalties changed after Motor Vehicles (Amendment bill), 2019?

The penalty, for not adhering to the traffic rules, has become heavier after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which got assent from the President on 1st of August.

Below are the changes in penalties after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

OffenceOld PenaltyNew Penalty
Driving without a helmet₹100₹1,000 and/or disqualification of licence for 3 months
Drunken driving₹2,000₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months to 1 year for first offence; Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence
Driving without licence₹500₹5,000
Over-speeding₹400₹1,000 - ₹2,000 for LMV &₹2,000 - ₹4,000 for MPV/HPV and/or impounding of driving licence
No Seat belt while driving₹100₹1,000
Speeding/Racing₹500₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of 1 month; ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 month for subsequent offence
Not providing way for emergency vehicles like ambulanceN/A₹10,000
Driving vehicle without permitUp to ₹5,000₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months
General (offences for which no penalty is defined otherwise)₹100 for first offence; ₹300 for subsequent offence₹500 for first offence; ₹1,500 for subsequent offence
Road regulation violation₹100₹500
Disobedience of orders of authorities₹500₹2,000
Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence₹1,000₹1,000 - ₹5,000
Driving despite disqualification₹500₹10,000
Oversized vehiclesN/A₹5,000 - ₹10,000
Dangerous driving (e.g. jumping red light)₹1,000₹1,000 - ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year for first offence, seizure of licence; Rs. 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence
Offences relating to accidentN/AUp to ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months for first offence; ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 year for subsequent offence
Driving when mentally/physically unfit to drive₹200 for first offence; ₹500 for subsequent offence₹1,000 for first offence; ₹2,000 for subsequent offence
Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)N/A₹25,000 to ₹1 lakh
Overloading₹2,000 and ₹1,000 per extra tonne₹20,000 and ₹2,000 per extra tonne
Overloading of passengersN/A₹1,000 per extra passenger
Overloading of two wheelers₹100₹2,000, disqualification of licence for 3 months
Driving without insurance₹1,000 and/or punishment up to 3 monthsRs. 2,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence; Rs. 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the subsequent offence
Offences by juvenilesN/AGuardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty. ₹25,000 with 3 years imprisonment and cancellation of the registration of the vehicle for 12 months. Juvenile will be tried under The Juvenile Justice Act.
Power of officers to impound documentsN/ASuspension of driving licence
Offences committed by enforcing authoritiesN/ATwice the penalty under the relevant section
Taking vehicle without lawful authority or seizing motor vehicle by force₹500₹5,000
Obstructing flow of traffic₹50₹500

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