Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019, Key Points You Need To Know


The Lok Sabha has approved the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Tuesday. In it, very strict provisions have been made regarding Road Safety.

In all cases, a slight mistake will also result in heavy fines during driving. Whether it's a case of overspeed while driving, without a helmet, without a belt or drunk driving, the penalty is ready to go up by multiples.In some cases, there is a provision for punishment.

In some cases, the government has made a provision for cancellation of driving licences and even cancellation of vehicle registration certificate. If there is any crime or accident on the road during the driving of a teen, the car owner or guardian will be held guilty. The registration of that vehicle will also be canceled.

After the Lok Sabha, the bill will now go to the Rajya Sabha. After passing the Rajya Sabha, the President approval will be required. After that, it will take shape of the law in the country.

The House rejected the amendments of the opposition. Replying to a discussion on the bill in the lower house, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari made it clear that the government has no intention of interfering in the right of states through the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.

The implementation of its provisions is at the discretion of the States. The Centre seeks to cooperate with states, change the transport system and reduce accidents.

List of proposed changes:

Offence - General Challan
Section - 177
Old Penalty - Rs 100
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 500

Offence - Driving without licence
Section - 181
Old Penalty - Rs 500
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 5000

Offence - Driving without qualification
Section - 182
Old Penalty - Rs 500
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 10000

Offence - Over speeding
Section - 183
Old Penalty - Rs 400
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 1000 for LMV, Rs 2000 for Medium Passenger Vehicle

Offence - Dangerous driving penalty
Section - 184
Old Penalty - Rs 1000
New Penalty(Minimum) - Upto Rs 5000

Offence - Drunken driving
Section - 185
Old Penalty - Rs 2000
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 10,000

Offence - Seat belt
Section - 194 B
Old Penalty - Rs 100
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 1000

Offence - Overloading of two wheelers
Section - 194 C
Old Penalty - Rs 100
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 2000, Disqualification for 3 months for licence

Offence - Without Helmets
Section - 194 D
Old Penalty - Rs 100
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 1000 Disqualification for 3 months for licence

Offence - Not providing way for emergency vehicles
Section - 194 E
Old Penalty - 00 (New)
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 10,000

Offence - Driving Without Insurance
Section - 196
Old Penalty - Rs 1000
New Penalty(Minimum) - Rs 2000

Bill seeks to introduce a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund under Section 164B, which will provide mandatory insurance cover to road users in India.


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