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Learn about the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019

By - Research Team    |    Updated On 02 August 2019 |    Insurance

Learn about the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Lok Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on July 23rd and in the Rajya Sabha on July 31st.  The law replaces the Motor Vehicles Act 1988; once it is signed by the President of India.

This bill makes sure there is more discipline on roads by hardening rules and increasing penalties. There would be changes on how Indian roads and vehicular transportation are governed.

In this blog, we will discuss things which will change after the introduction of The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Offenses and Penalties

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is set to increase the penalties for various offenses. Here are the new changes.

  • Penalty has been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • In case, a vehicle manufacturer fails to comply with the motor vehicle standards, he will have to pay a fine up to Rs 100 Crores or imprisonment of up to a year, or both.
  • Penalty for rash driving has been increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000.
  • Penalty for over speeding has been increased to Rs 1,000-2,000 from Rs 400. The driver will be charged a fine of Rs 1,000 for light motor vehicles like cars and Rs 2,000 for heavier vehicles. In case the driver is engaged in a race, he will have to pay the penalty of Rs 5,000.
  • At present a Rs 100 penalty is charged for not wearing a seatbelt and this would be increased to Rs 1,000.
  • Penalty for talking on a mobile phone while driving would increase to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000.

Fine for not wearing helmets while riding has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000. Also, the rider will be disqualified for three months from driving. The fine for triple riding has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 2,000.

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Traffic Violations by Juveniles

In case juveniles violate traffic rules, the guardians or owner of the vehicle would be held responsible unless and until they prove that the offense was committed without their knowledge or they tried to prevent it. The juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and the motor vehicles registration would be revoked.

Good Samaritans

A Good Samaritan is a person who provides emergency medical or non-medical help to a victim of a road accident without expecting any reward. As per the bill, Good Samaritans will not be held liable for any civil or criminal action, for the death or the injury of the accident victim due to negligence in providing assistance.

Driving License

As per the 1988 law, a person applying for a driving license must have passed Class 8. The new bill has removed this eligibility criterion. If you have a certificate from a driving school, you can apply for the driving license. The process of applying for a driving license has been digitized. You can fill your details and schedule an appointment for the driving test online.

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The time limit for renewal of driving license after the expiry date has been increased from one month to one year.

Cab Aggregators

Under this law, the government will start regulating taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola. The Motor Vehicles Act which is present now does not recognize them as a separate entity. As per this new bill, the Center will have the power to frame guidelines for private companies and make them more obedient.

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