The Hush Post | 5:30 pm | Two-minute read
Higher traffic penalties and more strict rules and regulations have come into effect all across the country today. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill was cleared by both the houses of Parliament last month which enables traffic officials to put higher penalties on the violators.
Here are some of the new norms
- The traffic police can the names of the repeated violators who violates the rules like using a mobile phone while driving, racing, and jumping red light blocking the way of emergency vehicles public domain.
- The repeated offenders will be charged with higher penalties and will face the risk of going to jails.
- Those who drive without driving license will be fined Rs 5,000. Earlier it was Rs 500. Also, the fine for driving despite disqualification has been increased from Rs 500 to 10,000.
- The fine for driving without seat-belt is now Rs 1,000, which was earlier Rs 100.
- The penalty for over-speeding for Light Motor Vehicles is increased from Rs 400 to Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 for Medium passenger vehicles.
- Union Minister had said that “intelligent traffic system” will monitor the offenses. Jumping traffic lights, using a mobile phone while driving will be categorized as “dangerous driving”.
- Fine of Rs 10,000 for not giving way to the emergency vehicles.
- Overloading of vehicles will draw a penalty of Rs 20,000.
- Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said that the process of making a driver’s license would be computerized. Anyone from a minister to a parliamentarian would get their license only after passing the online tests.
- Rs 2,000 will be fined for driving without insurance. The ones driving without helmets will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000.
- The owner of the vehicle will be held guilty in case of a road offense committed by a minor. The penalty will be Rs 25,000 along with three years in jail and cancellation of the registration.