Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2019 Passed in Rajya Sabha

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to hike the penalty for traffic infringement, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha. However, it has been sent to the Lok Sabha with three amendments. The Lower House of the Parliament had earlier cleared the legislation on July 23. The Bill also aims to improve road safety, facilitate citizens in their dealings with transport departments, strengthen rural transport, public transport and last-mile connectivity through automation, computerization and online services.

Below are all the proposed amendments in various penalties under Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that you need to know.

Section Old Provision/ Penalty New Proposed Provision/ Minimum Penalties
177 General Rs 100 Rs 500
New 177 A 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 2,000
180 Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence Rs 1,000 Rs 5,000
181 Driving without licence Rs 500 Rs 5,000
182 Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
182 B Oversize vehicles New Rs 5,000
183 Over speeding Rs 400 Rs 1,000 for LMV, Rs 2,000 for medium passenger vehicles
184 Dangerous driving penalty Rs 1,000 Up to Rs 5,000
185 Drunken driving Rs 2,000 Rs 10,000
189 Speeding/ Racing Rs 500 Rs 5,000
192 A Vehicle without permit Up to Rs 5,000 Up to Rs 10,000
193 Aggregators (violation of licencing conditions) New Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh
194 Overloading Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 per extra tonne Rs 20,000 and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne
194 A Overloading of passengers Rs 1,000 per extra passenger
194 B Seat belt Rs 100 Rs 1,000
194 C Overloading of two-wheelers Rs 100 Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for three months
194 D Helmets Rs 100 R 1,000, disqualification of licence for three months
194 E Not providing way for emergency vehicles New Rs 10,000
196 Driving without insurance Rs 1,000 Rs 2,000
199 Offences by juveniles New Guardian/ owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs 25,000 fine with 3 years imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act. Registration of motor vehicle to be cancelled.
206 Power of officers to impound documents Suspension of driving licences u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E.
210 B Offences committed by enforcing authorities Twice the penalty under the relevant section.

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