Proposed Amendments in Various Penalties under Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill – 2016
|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 LMV
Rs 2000 for Medium passenger vehicle
|184||Dangerous driving penalty||Rs 1000||Upto Rs 5000|
|185||Drunken driving||Rs 2000||Rs 10,000|
|189||Speeding / Racing||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|192 A||Vehicle without permit||upto Rs 5000||Upto Rs 10,000|
|193||Aggregators (violations oflicencingconditions)||New||Rs 25,000 to
|194||Overloading||Rs 2000 and
Rs 1000 per extra tonne
|Rs 20,000 and
Rs 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|
In a bid to making roads safe, the government has cleared the legislation for harsh penalties for violations, going up to 20 times the present stipulation. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016, on Wednesday.
In the hit-and-run cases, the compensation has been proposed to be hiked from the current Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Drunken driving will attract a fine up to Rs 10,000 instead of the present Rs 2,000. Over-speeding penalties have been raised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 4,000. Driving without licence will not cost Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 500. The fine for driving despite disqualification has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.
An official press release explained the rationale for and the objective of the Bill. “Every year 5 lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives. Government is committed to reduce the accidents and fatalities by 50 per cent in five years.”
To address the issue of road safety, a draft Road Transport & Safety Bill was prepared soon after NDA Government came to power. However, most of the states have expressed reservations.
To address the issue of road safety and to improve the facilitation of the citizens while dealing with transport departments, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari constituted a Group of Transport Ministers (GoM) of the States. The GoM, headed by Transport Minister of Rajasthan Yoonus Khan, held three meetings. A total of 18 Transport Ministers from different political parties participated in these meetings and they have submitted three interim reports.
The GoM recommended that to address the pressing issue of road safety and improving transport scenario, the government should immediately bring amendments to the present Motor Vehicle Act. On the basis of recommendations of the GoM and other pressing requirements, MoRTH introduced the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016, for consideration of the Cabinet which cleared it.