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.

SectionOld Provision/ PenaltyNew Proposed Provision/ Minimum Penalties
177GeneralRs 100Rs 500
New 177 ARules of road regulation violationRs 100Rs 500
178Travel without ticketRs 200Rs 500
179Disobedience of orders of authoritiesRs 500Rs 2,000
180Unauthorized use of vehicles without licenceRs 1,000Rs 5,000
181Driving without licenceRs 500Rs 5,000
182Driving despite disqualificationRs 500Rs 10,000
182 BOversize vehiclesNewRs 5,000
183Over speedingRs 400Rs 1,000 for LMV, Rs 2,000 for medium passenger vehicles
184Dangerous driving penaltyRs 1,000Up to Rs 5,000
185Drunken drivingRs 2,000Rs 10,000
189Speeding/ RacingRs 500Rs 5,000
192 AVehicle without permitUp to Rs 5,000Up to Rs 10,000
193Aggregators (violation of licencing conditions)NewRs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh
194OverloadingRs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 per extra tonneRs 20,000 and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne
194 AOverloading of passengersRs 1,000 per extra passenger
194 BSeat beltRs 100Rs 1,000
194 COverloading of two-wheelersRs 100Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for three months
194 DHelmetsRs 100R 1,000, disqualification of licence for three months
194 ENot providing way for emergency vehiclesNewRs 10,000
196Driving without insuranceRs 1,000Rs 2,000
199Offences by juvenilesNewGuardian/ 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.
206Power of officers to impound documentsSuspension of driving licences u/s 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E.
210 BOffences committed by enforcing authoritiesTwice the penalty under the relevant section.

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