A revised Motor Vehicles Act came into effect on September 1, 2019. The new law has enhanced penalties against a number of traffic violations and driving/riding mistakes. The Act has made car owners and bike owners frown and contemplate over their irresponsible actions.
The new law focuses on the area of road safety and the government believes that the introduction of new act will reduce traffic violations and road accidents. Stringent provisions are being proposed in respect to offences like driving without license, juvenile driving, drunken driving, dangerous driving, non-wearing of helmets and seat belts, over-speeding, overloading, etc. along with provisions for electronic detection of violations.
Due to excessive penalties, people are renewing their lapsed car insurance and two wheeler insurance policies. The digital presence of insurance companies has made it easier for the public to renew and buy insurance policies easily. Also, people have no choice but to renew their lapsed policies as soon as possible. The non-compliance of the law can prove to be really expensive and you can land you up in jail for up to 3 months.
Also, the penalties regarding motor vehicles are supposed to increase by 10 % every year. Enlisted below are some of the key provisions which reflect stringent penalties introduced for traffic felonies-
Old Provision / Penalty
|New Provision / Minimum Penalties|
|181||Driving without license||Rs. 500||Rs. 5000|
|183||Over speeding||Rs. 400||Rs.1000 for LMV|
Rs. 2000 for Medium and Heavy vehicle
"Explanation.—For the purpose of this section, below in included —
(a) jumping a red light;
(b) violating a stop sign;
(c) use of handheld communications devices while driving;
(d) passing or overtaking other vehicles in a manner contrary to law;
(e) driving against the authorised flow of traffic;
|Rs. 1000||Upto Rs. 5000|
|189||Speeding / Racing|
|192 A||Vehicle without permit|
Upto Rs. 5000
|Upto Rs. 10,000|
|194 B||Seat belt|
|194 C||Over seating on two wheelers||Rs. 100|
Rs 2000, Disqualification for 3 months of driving license
|194 D||Helmets||Rs. 100||Rs 1000, Disqualification for 3 months of driving license|
|194 E||Not providing way to emergency vehicles||New||Rs. 10,000|
|196||Driving Without Insurance||Rs. 1000||Rs. 2000 for first offence, Rs. 4000 for subsequent offence|
Offences by Juveniles
Guardian / owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs. 25,000 fine with 3 yrs imprisonment. Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled
Protect yourself from excessive penalties and renewing renew your car insurance policy and two wheeler insurance policies today!