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Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill Passed By the Union Cabinet

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| Updated: Aug 01, 2019 | Category: News

Eventually, after a lengthy discussion, on Wednesday, 31st July 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill to tighten the road traffic regulations.

The result was declared on the basis of a voice vote. There were 108 votes in favour whereas 13 votes were in against.

The sole reason for passing the bill was to amend the provisions of the earlier act, namely- Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 for the betterment of citizens.

Because of the increasing accidents and carelessness of people driving on roads, rules have become more stringent. The penalties for different offences regarding the traffic and driving have been increased.

Let’s find out what government has come up with-

List of the proposed changes under the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill

Not only the government has increased the penalties, but several new provisions have also been introduced with this bill. We have enlisted the proposed changes below:

Offences and Section

Old Penalty (in Rs.)

New Penalty (in Rs.) (minimum)

General, Section 177

100

500

Rules of Road Regulation Violation (new), Section 177A

100

500

Section 178, Travelling without a Ticket

200

500

Section 179, Disobeying the orders of authorities

500

2000

Section 180, Driving without a license

500

5000

Driving without qualification, Section 182

500

10,000

Oversized vehicles (182B)

Newly imposed

5000

Over speeding vehicles (183)

400

Rs. 1000 for LMV & Rs. 2000 for MPV

Dangerous Driving, Section 184

1000

Upto Rs. 5000

Drunken Driving, Section 185

2000

10,000

Racing/Speeding (189)

500

5000

Section 192A, Vehicle without a permit

5000

10,000

Section 193, Aggregators (violations of licensing conditions)

Newly imposed

Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 1,00,000

Overloading, Section 194

Rs. 2000 + Rs 1000/- extra tonne

Rs. 20000, Rs. 2000 per extra tonne

Overloading of Passengers, Section 194A

N.A.

Rs. 1000/extra passenger

Seat Belt, Section 194B

100

1000

Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C)

100

Rs 2,000, Disqualification of license for three months

Not providing a way for emergency vehicles (194E)

Newly introduced

10,000

Driving without insurance (196)

1000

2000

Offences by Juveniles (199)

Newly introduced

Guardian/ Owner shall be deemed guilty. Rs 25,000 with three years’ imprisonment. Juvenile to be tried under the J.J. Act. Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled.

Power of officers to impound documents (206)  

N.A

Suspension of driving licence under Sections 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E,

Offences committed by enforcing authorities (210B)

N.A.

Twice the penalty under the relevant section

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