motor vehicles amendment act 2019

Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019

Originally it was the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. Which reveals all rules, regulations, penalties, fines, registration, issuing a license, traffic rules, and all guidelines related to any type of vehicles in India. Recently Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 was passed and president of India signed it into law. Subsequently, it came into force on September 1, 2019. Over the years, Motor Vehicles Act 1988 has become obsolete and many provisions required amendments or replacements.

In addition to this, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 is a new version of an old one with very strict penalties for traffic rule violators. To begin with, the penalties are in the form of fines, canceling a license, imprisonment, bonding vehicles, banning driving for one or more years, etc. Hence, the following is a list of the important motor vehicle act new amendments.

Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019

Offense Names Old Penalties New Penalties
Driving without License Rs.500/- Rs.5000/-
Driving without Helmet Rs.100/- i) Rs.1000/- fine or

ii) License disqualification for 3 months

Over Speeding Driving Rs.400/- i) Rs.1000/- to Rs.2000/- for Light Motor Vehicle

ii) Rs.2000/- to Rs.4000/- for Medium Passenger or Goods Vehicles

iii) Impounding of driving license for the second time/ subsequent offenses

Driving Despite Disqualification Rs.500/- Rs.10000/-
Unauthorized use of Vehicles without License Rs.1000/- Rs.5000/-
Disobedience of Authority Rs.500/- Rs.2000/-
Violation of Road Regulations Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/-
Penalty for offenses where no penalty is specifically provided i) Rs.100/- for the first offense

ii) Rs.300/- for the second or later

i) Rs.500/- for the first offense

ii) Rs.1500/- for the second or later

Dangerous Driving Rs.1000/- i) First Offence – 6 months to 1-year imprisonment or fine of Rs.1000/ to Rs.5000/-

ii) Second Offence – Imprisonment up to 2 years or fine up to Rs.10000/-

Drunken Driving Rs.2000/- i) First Offence – Imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs.10000/-

ii) Second Offence – Imprisonment up to 2 years or fine of Rs.15000/-

Driving with Mentally or Physically Unfit i) Rs.200/- for the first offense

ii) Rs.500/- for the second or later

i) Rs.1000/- for the first offense

ii) Rs.2000/- for the second or later

Accident Related Offences i) First Offence – Imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs.5000/-

ii) Second Offence – Imprisonment up to 1 year or fine of Rs.10000/-

Speeding and Racing Rs.500/- i) First Offence – Imprisonment up to 1 month or fine up to Rs.500/-

ii) Second Offence – Imprisonment up to 1 month or fine of Rs.10000/-

Driving Uninsured Vehicle Rs.1000/- fine or up to 3 months punishment i) First Offence – Imprisonment up to 3 months or Rs.2000/- fine

ii) Second Offence – Imprisonment up to 3 months or Rs.4000/- fine

Seizing Motor Vehicle or

Taking Vehicle Unlawfully

 

Rs.500/- Rs.1000/-
Causing Obstruction to Free Flow of Traffic Rs.50/- Rs.500/-
Overloading (taxi) Rs.1000/- per extra passenger
Driving without Seat-belt Rs.100/- Rs.1000/-
Overloading (two-wheeler) Rs.100/- i) Rs.2000/- fine or

ii) License disqualification for 3 months

Not Giving Way to Emergency Vehicles Rs.10000/-
Offenses by Minors i) Cancel of Vehicle Registration for 1 year

ii) Guardian or Vehicle Owner Deemed Guilty and Rs.25000/- fine with 3-year imprisonment

iii) Guilty minors are ineligible to obtain a Driving license until the age of 25 years

Violation of PUC norms  or No Pollution Slip i) First Offence – Rs.1000/-

ii) Second Offence – Rs.2000/-

Rs.10000/-

Note: In case the offenses committed by enforcing agencies the punishment will be double of applicable penalty.
Important: Furthermore, starting from 1st September 2019, if any passenger travels without ticket in state transport buses, will pay more fines up to Rs.200/- to Rs.500/-.

In Conclusion

The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019, has empowered the traffic police with more penalties. By the way, the government did this to obey traffic rules and for the welfare of the general public. Every day many accidents happen due to the violation of traffic rules. First violators put their lives into danger then others moving on roads.

Above all, always follow traffic rules and regulations for being the good of everyone.


Read also: The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988  and The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 (pdf)

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