New Motor Vehicle Bill Approves Heftier Fines and Increased Jail term

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New motor vehicle bill saw amendments being made in the Motor Vehicle Act in Lok Sabha on Tuesday with hefty fine amounts if traffic rules violated

Be prepared to be slapped with a hefty fine amount if you violate the traffic rules. New amendments have been made to the Motor vehicle Act and it approves the heftier amounts as penalty for the violators. India is one of the countries which come with larger number of road accidents and traffic violations. To minimize the offences central government has decided to make the law more stringent.

In the new Motor Vehicle Bill helmets are becoming mandatory for the two wheeler riders and pillion riders as well. Children above 4 years of age will have to wear helmets also. Not only that, the helmets needed to be fastened securely. Only Sikhs, who wear turbans, will be exempted from this rule. The new rule not only increases the fine amount, but also increases the jail term for offenders.

Here is a list of the penalty for offences under the new traffic rule:

Driving without license Rs. 5,000
Drunk driving Rs. 10,000
Compensation for hit and run Rs. 2,00,000
Compensation for death Rs. 10,00,000
Fine for no helmet Rs. 1,000 + Suspension of license for 3 months
Fine for no seat belt Rs. 1,000
Fine for no insurance Rs. 2,000
Any violation by minor will see the guardian/owner guilty and fine Rs. 25,000 + 3 year jail and minor will be tried under juvenile justice
Fine for speeding LMV Rs. 1,000 and passenger vehicle Rs. 2,000
Fine for dangerous driving Rs. 5,000
Fine for vehicle without permit Rs. 10,000
Fine for overloading Rs. 20,000 + Rs. 2,000 extra tonne
Fine for not giving way to emergency vehicle Rs. 10,000
Fine for overloading passengers Rs. 1,000
Fine for overloading 2 wheeler Rs. 2,000


According to the new rule driving without any license will cost violator Rs. 5,000 fine. While drunk driving will cost the offenders Rs. 10,000. India has a high rate of death in road accidents. Several deaths among these happen due to hit and run. From now on, hit and run offenders have to pay Rs. 2,00,000 to the victim, and in case of death there will be a penalty of Rs. 10,00,000.

Wearing no helmet might cost the offenders a Rs. 1,000 fine and 3 months of license suspension. While the two wheelers riders in the country are very much prone toward not wearing helmets, the car drivers ignore the seat belts. Now on not wearing seat belt will cost Rs. 1,000. Speeding will cost the offenders Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000 for LMVs and passengers vehicles respectively.


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Any violation made by minors will see the guardian or owner of the vehicle guilty. In that case the guardian or owners will be slapped with Rs. 25,000 fine and 3 years of jail term. Also the minor will be tried under juvenile justice. Indians love to carry as much people as possible on two wheelers. But from now on more than two people on board will cost a fine of Rs. 2,000.