Will higher traffic penalties be able to control traffic violation?


Yesterday government has introduced the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 2019 all across the country, which contains 63 provisions that deal with penalties, licenses, registration and the National Transport Policy. This means that if anyone violates the traffic rules he/she will have to pay heavy fine.

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According to the government, these changes are necessary because of the increasing vehicular discipline. With this implementation there will be public awareness of how people can drive safety.The new law will enhance the penalty for unauthorised use of vehicles without licence to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000. Besides, the penalty for driving without license will go up from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.

The Act will also increase the penalty for drunken driving to imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for the first offence, and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for the second offence.

Higher penalties for traffic violations are being issued for public interest. Increased penalties will help in reducing accidents as people will become more cautious.

Here are the top 14 provisions to keep in mind to save yourself from hefty fines:

1. Driving without licence: There will be a fine starting from Rs 500 up to Rs 5,000.

2. Speed violation: This will cost drivers a penalty from up to Rs 400 to Rs 4,000 depending upon the type of vehicle and impounding of the vehicle in case of repeated offences.

3. Rash driving: Penalty for this has been increased to imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year and/or fine of Rs 1,000-Rs 5,000 for first offence and imprisonment of up to 2 years and/or fine of up to Rs 10,000 for the second offence.

4. Drunken driving: If found guilty for drunken driving, an individual will be put behind the bars for 6 months to one year. Also Rs 10,000 will be asked as a penalty. Earlier, only Rs 2,000 was imposed as a penalty for drunken driving.

5. Overloading of two-wheelers: For this, the fine has been hiked from Rs 2000 to Rs 2,000. Also, the rider’s license will be disqualified for 3 months.

6. Being disobedient to authorities: Anyone found defying the orders of authorities will have to pay a fine of between Rs 500 and Rs 2,000.

7. Driving uninsured vehicle: Individuals driving uninsured vehicles will be fined either Rs 1,000 and/or punishment of up to 3 months or Rs 2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months for the first offence. If the offence is repeated twice, the fine will be hiked by Rs 4,000 and/or 3 months imprisonment.

8. Juvenile traffic offenders: For juveniles, found violating traffic rules, the guardian or owner of that juvenile will be considered guilty and will be put behind bars for up to three years, including a penalty of Rs 25,000 and cancellation of registration of the motor vehicle for 12 months. The juvenile will also become ineligible to obtain learners’ license until the age of 25 years.

9. Driving without helmets: Those driving without helmets will have to shell out Rs 1,000 and can face three-month suspension of their licence.

10. Taxi aggregators violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh.

11. Driving without a seat-belt: This can now invite a fine of Rs 1,000, which was earlier Rs 100.

12. Talking on phone while driving: Use of mobile while driving can invite a fine between Rs 1,000-5,000. Earlier it was Rs 1,000.

13.Drivers will be fined Rs 10,000 for not giving way to ambulances and fire brigades and other emergency vehicles.

14. Overloaded vehicles: This will draw a penalty of Rs 20,000.

But the question arises will this new rule or higher traffic penalties be able to control the traffic violations? At this time it is very hard to make any comment on this. Only time will tell whether this act will make any change in the traffic violations or not.