Traffic Violations May Cost You Heavy, From Today: 10 Points

Traffic Violations May Cost You Heavy, From Today: 10 Points

Traffic Violations May Cost You Heavy, From Today: 10 Points 

New Delhi: After the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared by parliament last month, higher traffic penalties will come into effect across the country, from today. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the new law aims to instill fear in people who violate traffic rules since an "intelligent traffic system" will monitor offences. Common offences like the use of mobiles, jumping traffic lights and driving on the wrong lane will be categorised as "dangerous driving".

Here's 10 points :

1. Penal provisions have been made more stringent for common traffic violations like not wearing a seat belt, jumping red light and drunk driving under the new Motor Vehicles Act, NS Bundela, Delhi's Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) had said.

2.  Mr Bundela said that, "There is a need to increase public awareness and our motive will be to ensure that people drive safely. We will work towards making our roads safer for citizens." Changes have been communicated to the traffic staff at ground level, he added.

3. Under the new law, fine for driving without licence has been hiked from Rs. 500 to Rs. 5,000. For driving despite disqualification, the fine has been raised from Rs. 500 to Rs. 10,000.

4. Drivers will be fined Rs. 10,000 for not giving way to an emergency. Taxi aggregators violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs. 1 lakh.

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5. Overspeeding can now invite a penalty between Rs. 1,000- Rs. 2,000. The penalty has been increased from Rs. 400 to Rs. 1,000 for light motor vehicles and Rs. 2,000 for medium passenger vehicles.

6. Driving without a seat-belt can now invite a fine of Rs. 1,000, which was earlier Rs. 100.

7. For driving without insurance, there will be a fine of Rs. 2,000; those driving without helmets will have to shell out Rs. 1,000 and can face three-month suspension of their licence.

8. In case of any road offence by underage drivers, the guardian or owner of the vehicle will be held guilty; the penalty will be Rs. 25,000 along with three years in jail and the registration will be cancelled.

9. Overloading of vehicles will draw a penalty of Rs. 20,000 

10.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said last month that the process of making a driver's license would be computerised and anyone - be it a minister or parliamentarian- would get their license only after passing online tests.

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