New Motor Vehicle Bill approved by Lok Sabha

The new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016 was finally passed by Lok Sabha yesterday. The landmark bill proposes crucial amendments to improve road safety and prevent violations by charging higher penalties than before. The ultimate aim is to make the roads safer and reduce corruption as Indian roads see 1.5 lakh people dying every year.

The new bill was passed after the rejection of several opposing amendments including one case when compensation post-accident was to be increased drastically. It was defeated by 37 votes in favour and 221 against it.

The most important amendment is the increased fine for driving under the influence of alcohol, now set at Rs 10,000 from Rs 2,000. Not wearing you helmet will now get you a fine of Rs 1000 and disqualify your licence for three months.

To curb the number of road deaths every year, the fines on hit and run cases has gone up from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh and in case of a road accident fatality, the compensation is set at Rs 10 lakh.

The bill also proposes a multiplier prescribed by the state for repeated offenders, with penalties not less than one and not more than 10 times the original offence. The bill will also allow for a facility to get your learning license online, increase the validity of driving licenses and scraps the requirement for educational qualifications for a transport license.

Proposed Amendments in Various Penalties under Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill – 2016

Section Old Provision / PenaltyNew Proposed Provision / Minimum Penalties
177GeneralRs 100Rs 500
New 177ARules of road regulation violationRs 100Rs 500
178Travel without ticketRS 200Rs 500
179Disobedience of orders of authoritiesRs 500Rs 2000
180Unautorized use of vehicles without licenceRs 1000Rs 5000
181Driving without licenceRs 500Rs 5000
182Driving despite disqualificationRs 500Rs 10,000
182 BOversize vehiclesNewRs 5000
183Over speedingRs 400Rs 1000 for LMV

Rs 2000 for Medium passenger vehicle

184Dangerous driving penaltyRs 1000Upto Rs 5000
185Drunken drivingRs 2000Rs 10,000
189Speeding / RacingRs 500Rs 5,000
192 AVehicle without permitupto Rs 5000Upto Rs 10,000
193Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)NewRs 25,000 to

Rs 1,00,000

194OverloadingRs 2000 and

Rs 1000 per extra tonne

Rs 20,000 and

Rs 2000 per extra tonne

194 AOverloading of passengersRs 1000 per extra passenger
194 BSeat beltRs 100Rs 1000
194 COverloading of two wheelersRs 100Rs 2000, Disqualification for 3 months for license
194 DHelmetsRs 100Rs 1000 Disqualification for 3 months for license
194 ENot providing way for emergency vehiclesNewRs 10,000
196Driving Without InsuranceRS 1000Rs 2000
199Offences by JuvenilesNewGuardian / 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

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