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  

 

Osama Irfan Khan

Osama Irfan Khan is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering who has special interest in socio-political issues across the globe. He loves to read and write poetry. A freelance author at Newsmeter by day and an exhaustive reader by night.

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