Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019

Aug 13, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Ministry of Law and Justice on August 09, 2019, has published the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, to further amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, aims to improve road safety and help citizens in their dealings with transport departments. The amendments also aim to strengthen rural transport, public transport and last mile connectivity through automation, computerization and online services. The government’s view is that the strict fines will act as a deterrent for offenders. Some of the new penalties are listed below:

Section

Description

New proposed penalty/provision

New 177A

Rules of road regulation violation

Rs. 500

178

Travel without tickets

Rs. 500

179

Disobedience of orders of authorities

Rs 2000

180

Unautorized use of vehicles without licence

Rs. 5,000

181

Driving without license

Rs. 5,000

182

Driving despite disqualification

Rs. 10,000

182B

Oversize vehicles

Rs. 5,000

183

Over speeding

a)      Rs 1000 (light motor vehicle)

b)      Rs 2000 (medium passenger vehicle)

 

184

Dangerous driving

Rs. 5,000

185

Drunken driving

Rs. 10,000

189

Racing

Rs. 5,000

192A

Vehicle without permit

Upto Rs. 10,000

193

Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)

Rs 25,000 - Rs 1,00,000

 

194A

Carriage of excess passengers

Rs 2000 per excess passenger

194B

Use of safety belts and the seating of children

Rs. 1,000

194C

Penalty for violation of safety measures for motor cycle drivers and pillion riders

Rs 1000 and license disqualification for 3 months

194D

Penalty for not wearing protective headgear

Rs 1000 and license disqualification for 3 months

194E

Failure to allow free passage to emergency vehicle

Imprisonment of six months or with fine of Rs. 10,000 or with both.

194F

Use of horns in silence zone

Rs. 1,000 and for a subsequent offence with a fine of 2,000

196

Driving without Insurance

Rs. 2,000

199A

Offences of Juveniles

a)      Guardian or owner will be deemed to be guilty.

b)      Rs. 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment.

c)       For Juvenile to be tried under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.

d)      Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled

210B

Penalty for offence committed by an enforcing authority

Twice the penalty corresponding to that offence

It will come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.

[NO. 32 OF 2019]


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