New traffic rules have set in India from September 1. The Indian Parliament in July passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The new motor vehicle act aims to tighten road traffic regulations such as the issuance of driving license.
As many as 63 clauses of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 had came into effect from September 1, 2019.
The new motor vehicle act means that violations of traffic rules will cost you dear now.
If a person who is below the driving age is found on the wheels, he will have to face a challan of Rs 25,000 and registration of the vehicle will also be cancelled.
Driving two-wheeler without a helmet will mean a fine of Rs 500 to Rs 1500. Earlier the challan was Rs 100-300. Driving without a license will now invoke a fine of Rs 5,000 under the new traffic rules. Over speeding will cost anything between Rs 1000-2000 under the new traffic rules.
Drunk driving, one of the main reason for road accidents in India, will invoke a penalty of Rs 10,000. The person found guilty will also have to serve a six-month jail term under the new traffic rules.
New Traffic Rules: Here’s a complete list of challans under Motor Vehicles Act, 2019.
Violation of road regulations
|Penalty||Old Amount||New Amount|
|Penalty for offenses where no penalty is specifically provided||Rs 100 for first offense and Rs 300 for second/subsequent offense||Rs 500 for first time offense, Rs 1,500 for subsequent offense|
|Traveling without Ticket|| Rs 200 ||Rs 500|
|Disobedience of orders of Authority and refusal to share information||Rs 500||Rs 2,000|
| Unauthorized use of vehicles without license|| Rs 1,000||Rs 5,000|
|Driving without license||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
| Driving despite disqualification||Rs 500||Rs 10,000|
| Over-speeding||Rs 400||Rs 1000 – Rs 2000 for light motor vehicle, Rs 2,000 – Rs 4,000 for medium passenger or goods vehicles and impounding of driving license for second/subsequent offence.|
|Dangerous Driving||–||Imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year and/or fine of Rs. 1000- Rs. 5000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.|
|Drunken Driving||–||Imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs. 15000 for second offence.|
|Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive||Rs 200 for first offense, Rs 500 for second/subsequent offense||First offence – Rs. 1000 and second/subsequent offence – Rs.2000|
|Offences relating to accident||–||Imprisonment of up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 5000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.|
|Racing and speeding||–||Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs. 500 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1month and/or fine up to Rs. 10000 for second offence.|
|Driving uninsured vehicle||fine of Rs. 1000 and/or punishment up to 3 months||Rs. 2000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence and fine of Rs. 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the second offence.|
|Taking vehicle without lawful authority and seizing motor vehicle by force||Rs 500||Rs. 5000|
|Causing obstruction to free flow of traffic||Rs 50||Rs. 500|
The new traffic rules are designed to protect you and other drivers on the road. If we do not follow the new traffic we are not only putting ourselves at risk but also innocent bystanders and drivers. By knowing the rules of the road, practicing good driving skills and generally taking care as a road user, you help play a vital role in preventing a crash. Drop your views in our comment section.