Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019

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Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 has come into force today. Here are some of the changes that will affect road users. A list of some of the new fines are below:

Section under 1988 Act Description Old penalty/provision  New penalty/provision
181 Driving without license Rs 500 Rs 5,000
182 Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
183 Over speeding Rs 400 Rs 1,000-2,000 (light motor vehicle)

Rs 2,000-4,000 (medium passenger vehicle)

184 Dangerous driving Rs 1,000 Imprisonment of 6 months-1 year and/or fine of Rs 1,000-5,000 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for second offence.
185 Drunk driving Rs 2,000 Imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for second offence.
189 Racing Rs 500 Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs 500 for first offence. Imprisonment up to 1month and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for second offence.
194A Overloading Rs 1,000 per extra passenger
194B No seatbelt Rs 100 Rs 1,000
194C Overloading two-wheeler Rs 100 Rs 2,000; license disqualification for 3 months
194D No helmet Rs 100 Rs 1000; license disqualification for 3 months
194E Not providing way to emergency vehicle Rs 10,000
196 Driving without insurance Rs 1,000 Rs 1,000-2,000 and/or punishment up to 3 months for first offence. Rs 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for second offence
198 Failure to comply with standards for road design, construction and maintenance Up to Rs 1 lakh
199 Offences by juveniles Guardian/vehicle owner deemed guilty – Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment. Vehicle registration cancelled for 12 months. Juvenile ineligible to obtain license until the age of 25 years.
210B Offenses committed by enforcing agencies Double of applicable penalty

In addition to the fines and penalties, the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 also covers other areas of road transport.

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