The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 recently updated certain rules and regulations. These regulations are effective since September 01, 2019, specifically include enhanced penalties for not following the traffic safety rules.
A lot of awareness was created around the new Motor Vehicle Act , and social media played a vital role in doing so. In an incident in Delhi, a citizen was fined INR 23,000 for not carrying appropriate documents and riding without a helmet. According to this individual, the penalty charged was more than the cost of his bike itself.
The primary purpose of the enhanced penalty structure is to get the people of India to follow the traffic safety rules. However, a few State Governments are being lenient on the fines imposed, especially in cases where the charges are increased by five to ten times.
In this article, we will be discussing the five key highlights of the New Motor Vehicle Act of 2019.
1. Your Safety
Wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle and a seatbelt when driving a car. These are proven tactics to save your life in case of road accidents. But people often tend to overlook these basic rules.
Hence, with the hope of maybe the fear of losing money (penalty of INR 1000) will force people to start following the traffic safety rules.
2. Driver’s Licence
Driver’s license is an important document as it authorizes you to drive on the Indian roads. Failing to show a valid driving license will now attract a hefty penalty of INR 5000, which was INR 500 as per the old rules.
3. Motor Insurance
Another document that you need to have on you at all times is an active car insurance plan. Third party insurance is mandatory by law under the Motor Vehicles Act.
However, the coverage provided under it is limited. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase comprehensive insurance that not only covers all the third-party liabilities but also extends the coverage to your vehicle.
If you are caught driving without valid motor insurance, you will have to pay a fine of INR 2000 for the first offence and INR 4000 for all the subsequent offences. There is also a possibility of facing prison time for three months.
4. Reckless Driving
If you are caught speeding or driving recklessly, the fines imposed range between INR 500 and INR 10,000 (even for repeated offences). In extreme cases, the accused might also have to face some prison time.
5. Juvenile Driving
If a child is caught driving a vehicle, the parents/guardian will have to pay the penalty of INR 25,000 and/or face imprisonment of up to three months. Also, the vehicle registration will be cancelled for a year. The minor will have to face the consequences according to the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.
To avoid facing any hefty penalties, ensure that you are following the traffic safety rules at all times. Not only will it create discipline but also help the authorities get the road accident rates in India under control.