Penalty Hike for Safer Rides

In 2016 India has witnessed some major changes; maybe I would say major eye-opener.  After 29th September’s surgical strike and 8th November’s note ban our Prime Minister Mr. Modi has made some major amendments in motor vehicle bill 2016 and has literally changed the game. So if you think that sometimes not wearing helmet, driving without licence and insurance, speeding, hit and run, etc. Is ok or a ‘not so big deal’ then check these new amendments and you will realise it’s not ok and yes it can cost you a big deal. Every year 5lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which 1.5lakh people lose their lives.  Government is committed to reduce the accidents and fatalities by 50% in five years and for the same it has decided to increase the retribution for road misbehave by 10 times the original. Penalty payment and legal hassles are always compelling punishments. Come let’s talk about some of the sizable changes:

  • The major highlight is the increased in compensation for hit and run case from Rs25000 to Rs 2 lakh and 10 lakh compensation for road accident fatalities.
  • The major hike in penalty for some more shortcomings are listed below:
Section   Old Provision / Penalty New Proposed Provision / Minimum Penalties
177 General Rs 100 Rs 500
New 177A Rules of road regulation violation Rs 100 Rs 500
178 Travel without ticket RS 200 Rs 500
179 Disobedience of orders of authorities Rs 500 Rs 2000
180 Unautorized use of vehicles without licence Rs 1000 Rs 5000
181 Driving without licence Rs 500 Rs 5000
182 Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
182 B Oversize vehicles New Rs 5000
183 Over speeding Rs 400 Rs 1000 for LMVRs 2000 for Medium passenger vehicle
184 Dangerous driving penalty Rs 1000 Up to Rs 5000
185 Drunken driving Rs 2000 Rs 10,000
189 Speeding / Racing Rs 500 Rs 5,000
192 A Vehicle without permit up to Rs 5000 Up to Rs 10,000
193 Aggregators (violations of licensing conditions) New Rs 25,000 toRs 1,00,000
194 Overloading Rs 2000 andRs 1000 per extra tonne Rs 20,000 andRs 2000 per extra tonne
194 A Overloading of passengers Rs 1000 per extra passenger
194 B Seat belt Rs 100 Rs 1000
194 C Overloading of two wheelers Rs 100 Rs 2000, Disqualification for 3 months for licence
194 D Helmets Rs 100 Rs 1000 Disqualification for 3 months for licence
194 E Not providing way for emergency vehicles New Rs 10,000
196 Driving Without Insurance RS 1000 Rs 2000
199 Offences by Juveniles New Guardian / owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs 25,000 with 3 yrs imprisonment. For Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled
206 Power of Officers to impound documents Suspension of driving licenses u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D,194E
210 B Offences committed by enforcing authorities Twice the penalty under the relevant section

Proposed Amendments in Various Penalties under Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill – 2016

  • Under this act state government will lump exemptions in Stage carriage and contract carriage permits for promoting rural transport, public transport, and last mile connectivity and for passenger convenience and road safety.
  • The government has also realised the power of e-governance and has enabled online driving licence, increased validity period for driving licence, and has decided to pay engrossment on driving education. The government has taken this action to bring uniformity in the process across the country.
  • In India parents allow their children to drive before 18 years of age and to put a break on this practice government will held their guardians susceptive if they commit any offence and they will get 3 years imprisonment or Rs25000/- fine.
  • Many automobiles company compromises on quality just to launch cheaper and more efficient products in the market, the Bill proposes to mandate the automated fitness testing for the transport vehicles with effect from 1stOctober 2018 and the testing agencies issuing automobile approvals have been brought under the perimeter of the Act. This would reduce corruption in the Transport Department while improving the road worthiness of the vehicle.
  • In order to increase safety for two-wheelers the government has reportedly decided to mandate ‘Automatic Headlamp On’ (AHO) in two-wheelers from 2017. Bikes will be designed with headlights that stay on as long as ignition is on

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