The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared the bill to amend 30-year old motor vehicle law to ; improve road safety, raise penalties for traffic violations, curb RTO corruption and other measures to transform the transport sector.
Gadkari said, “The government does not desire to raise the limits of fine. The issue is that a time should come that no one gets penalised and everyone follows the rules.”
Gadkari said that people should respect and fear the rule of the law. He said, “Who will be responsible of accidents caused by those who don’t follow traffic laws.”
Here is a list of offences and their revised penalties as per the latest amendments:
- General penalty – First offence-fine up to Rs 500, second offence-fine up to Rs 1,500
- Violation of road regulation – Rs 500
- Travelling without ticket – Fine up to Rs 500
- Disobedience of orders of authorities and refusal to give information – Fine up to Rs 2,000
- Unauthorised use of vehicles without license – Fine of Rs 5,000
- Driving without license – Fine of Rs 5,000
- Acting as a conductor after disqualification – Fine up to Rs 10,000
- Penalty relating to construction, maintenance, sale and alteration of motor vehicles and components – Imprisonment for up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs 1,00,000 per vehicle.
- Defective vehicles – Imprisonment for up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs 1,00,000 for defective automobiles.
- Sale of critical safety component in violation of rules – Imprisonment for up to 1 year and/or fine of Rs 1,00,000 per component.
- Alteration of retrofitting in contravention of rules – Imprisonment for up to six months and/or fine of Rs 5,000 per alteration
- Oversize vehicles – Rs 5,000
- Over-speeding – Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 for LMV; Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000 for medium passenger or goods vehicles; Second subsequent offence-impounding of driving license
- Penalty for dangerous driving – First offence – imprisonment six months to one year and/or fine Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000; Subsequent offence (within three years from first offence)- imprisonment up to two years and/or Rs 10,000
- Drunken driving – First offence- fine up to Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment up to six months; second offence- fine of Rs 3,000 and/or imprisonment up to two years
- Penalty for offences relating to the accident (Section 132 (i), 133 and 134) – First offence – fine up to Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months; second offence- fine up to Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of 1 year