Motor Vehicles Act 2019: New Traffic Rules And Fines

Published On Sep 08, 2019 By for Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon at Zigwheels.com

Now, fork out more for not following traffic rules

In the past few days, there has been a hue and cry about the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 that came into effect on September 1. The government is imposing severe penalties on motorists infringing road traffic rules. The fines have grown exponentially to which the Indian motorist is making much fuss about. However, given the fact that these penalties are for breaking the laws, one should focus on making the roads a safer place for all.

The new rules have increased the fines up to 10 times more than the previous penalties. For instance, a rider could be fined Rs 100 for not wearing a helmet while riding a bike. Now, the same offence attracts a fine of Rs 1,000 and/or disqualification of licence for three months as well as community service. Similarly, a fine of Rs 1,000 and/or punishment up to three months was applicable for riding an uninsured bike. However, now you will need to fork out a fine of Rs 2,000 and/or imprisonment of upto three months for not having an insurance cover. 

 

List of Fines And Penalties Applicable for Traffic Rule Offenders Since September 2019 

Offence

Old Penalty

New Penalty

General (offences for which no penalty is defined otherwise)

Rs 100 for first offence; Rs 300 for subsequent offence

Rs 500 for first offence; Rs 1,500 for subsequent offence

Road regulation violation

Rs 100

Rs 500

Disobedience of orders of authorities

Rs 500

Rs 2,000

Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence

Rs 1,000

Rs 1,000 - Rs 5,000

Driving without licence

Rs 500

Rs 5,000 and/or community service

Driving despite disqualification

Rs 500

Rs 10,000 and/or community service

Oversized vehicles

N/A

Rs 5,000 - Rs 10,000 and/or community service 

Over-speeding

Rs 400

Rs 1,000 - Rs 2,000 for LMV 

Rs 2,000 - Rs 4,000 for MPV/HPV and/or  impounding of driving licence 

Dangerous driving (e.g. jumping red light)

Rs 1,000

Rs 1,000 - Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year for first offence, seizure of licence; Rs. 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence 

Drink driving

Rs 2,000

Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months to 1 year for first offence; Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence 

Speeding/Racing

Rs 500

Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment of 1 month, community service; Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 month for subsequent offence

Offences relating to accident

N/A

Up to Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months for first offence; Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 year for subsequent offence

Driving when mentally/physically unfit to drive 

Rs 200 for first offence; Rs 500 for subsequent offence 

Rs 1,000 for first offence; Rs 2,000 for subsequent offence 

Vehicle without permit

Up to Rs 5,000

Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months, community service

Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)

N/A

Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh

Overloading

Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 per extra tonne

Rs 20,000 and Rs 2,000 per extra tonne

Overloading of passengers

N/A

Rs 1,000 per extra passenger

No Seat belt

Rs 100 

Rs 1,000 and/or community service

Overloading of two wheelers

Rs 100

Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for 3 months and/or community service

Not wearing a helmet

Rs 100

Rs 1,000 and/or disqualification of licence for 3 months, community service

Not providing way for emergency vehicles like ambulance

N/A

Rs 10,000 and/or community service

Driving without insurance

Rs 1,000 and/or punishment up to 3 months 

Rs. 2,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence; Rs. 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the subsequent offence

Offences by juveniles

N/A

Guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty. Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment and cancellation of the registration of the vehicle for 12 months. Juvenile will be tried under The Juvenile Justice Act. 

Power of officers to impound documents

N/A

Suspension of driving licence

Offences committed by enforcing authorities

N/A

Twice the penalty under the relevant section

Taking vehicle without lawful authority/seizing motor vehicle by force 

Rs 500

Rs 5,000

Obstructing free flow of traffic

Rs 50

Rs 500

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