The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) bill 2016, which provides for hefty penalties for violation of road safety rules with fine for driving without licence going up ten times from Rs500 to Rs5,000 and penalty for drunken driving going up to Rs10,000 from Rs2,000.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The cabinet also recommended that for persons without helmets the new proposed penalty would Rs1,000 apart from disqualification of licence for three months. The current penalty is Rs100. For seat belt violation, new proposed penalty is Rs1,000, up from Rs100.
For driving without insurance, the new proposed penalty, is Rs2,000, up from Rs1,000.
For offences by juveniles, the guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty. They will have to pay a penalty of Rs25,000 with three years imprisonment. The juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and registration of his or her motor vehicle will be cancelled.
"The important provisions include increase in compensation for hit and run cases from Rs25,000 to Rs2 lakh. It also has provision for payment of compensation up to Rs10 lakh in road accidents fatalities," an official release said.
The bill provides amendments in various penalties. While the old penalty for violating road rules was Rs100, the new minimum penalty is Rs500. Similarly, for speeding the earlier penalty was Rs400, the new proposed penalties for LMV (light motor vehicle) is Rs1,000 and for medium passenger vehicle is Rs2,000.
The new proposed penalty for unauthorized use of vehicles without license would go up to Rs5,000 from Rs1,000.
For travelling without ticket new proposed penalty is Rs500 which goes up from Rs200.
For driving despite disqualification the new proposed penalty is Rs10,000, which is now Rs500. The new proposed penalty for dangerous driving would go up to Rs5,000 from Rs1,000.
For disobedience of orders of authorities the new proposed penalty is Rs2,000, which is currently Rs500.
The vehicle without permit will now have to pay up to Rs10,000. For aggregators (violations of licencing conditions) the proposed penalty would be Rs25,000 to Rs1,00,000.
The new proposed penalty for overloading is Rs20,000 and Rs2,000 per extra tonne. For not providing way for emergency vehicles the proposed penalty is Rs10,000.
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