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.
|Offence||Old Penalty||New 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 ambulance||N/A||₹10,000|
|Driving vehicle without permit||Up 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 vehicles||N/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 accident||N/A||Up 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 passengers||N/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 months||Rs. 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 juveniles||N/A||Guardian/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 documents||N/A||Suspension of driving licence|
|Offences committed by enforcing authorities||N/A||Twice 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|