Increased Traffic Fines Will Come Into Effect From September 1, 2019

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