The 2019 Motor Vehicle Act was recently passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The Motor Vehicle Act has been significantly updated and the traffic fines have been exponentially increased too. The new Motor Vehicle Act and the updated traffic fines will come into effect from September 1, 2019.
In some cases, the fines have been increased by up to 10 times. For example, if one is caught driving without license, the earlier fine was Rs 500 and now the proposed fine is Rs 5,000. Similarly, if you are caught drinking and driving, you will be fined ₹ 10,000 instead of Rs 2,000 which is the current norm. The bill also proposes that the amount of traffic violation fines should be increased at the rate of 10 per cent per year.
Apart from stiffer penalties, the 2019 Motor Vehicle Bill also addresses other talking points such as new rules for issuing driving licenses, recognising app based cab aggregators and even setting guidelines for vehicle recalls. The bill reduces the validity of the driving licence from the current 20 years to just 10 years. Those renewing their licenses between the age of 50 and 55 years will have validity only till 60 years.
And those renewing the licence after the age of 55, will have validity only of five years. In case of recalls, manufacturers will also have reimburse buyers with the complete cost of the vehicle in case of a defective model sold, while the government could levy a fine of up to Rs 500 crore in such a scenario. App-based cab service aggregators like Ola and Uber also receive recognition under the Motor Vehicle Amendments bill and will be scrutinised and fined if found breaking the traffic regulations.
Sr No. Traffice Offence (Section) Old Fine Amount(Rs) New Fine Amount(Rs)
1 General Offence (177) 100 500
2 Road Regulation Violation (177 A) 100 500
3 Unauthorised use of vehicles Without license (180) 1,000 5,000
4 Driving without license (181) 500 5,000
5 Disobedience of Order Of Authorities (179) 500 5,000
6 Drunk Driving (185) 2,000 10,000
7 Speeding Or Racing (189) 500 5,000
8 Vehicle Without Permit (192A) 5,000 10,000
9 Driving Without Qualification (182) 500 10,000
10 Not Wearing Seat Belt (194B) 100 1,000
11 Oversized Vehicles (182B) (New Rule) 5,000
12 Not Providing Way For Emergency Vehicles (194E) (New Rule) 10,000
13 Travelling Without Ticket (178) 200 500
14 Overspeeding (183) 400 1,000 - 2,000
15 Driving Without Insurance (196) 1,000 2,000
16 Dangerous Driving (184) 1,000 5,000
17 Offences By Juveniles (199) (New Rule) 25,000 (3 year Imprisonment)
18 Overloading Goods (194) Extra Tonne 20,000&2,000/Tonne
19 Overloading Passengers (194A) (New Rule) 1,000/passenger
20 Overloading of Two-Wheelers (194C) 100 DL Impounded For 3 Months
21 Offences Committed By Enforcing Authorities (210B) (New Rule) Twice The Amount Under Relevant Section
22 Talking On Mobile Phone While Driving (177) 1,000 5,000