The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 is not far away from becoming an Act.
The Upper House has passed the bill with a voice vote with 108 Ayes in favour of the Bill and 13 voices against it.
The much-awaited Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill has passed scrutiny from the Rajya Sabha with the Upper House clearing it with 108 to 13 voice vote. The President will now give his consent for the Bill to become an Act.
The Union Minister-in-charge of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, opined that the Bill would pave for a safe, efficient, and corruption-free transport system in India. Some of the significant changes are as follows.
Disregarding traffic signals or using mobile phones while driving
Fine of Rs 5,000 and a jail term up to one year
Travelling without a valid ticket
Disobedience of orders
Unauthorised usage of vehicles without licence
Driving without a valid licence
Driving in spite of disqualifications
LMV – Rs 1,000
MPV – Rs 2,000
Driving under the influence of alcohol
Driving without a valid permit
Overloading of vehicles
Goods – Rs 2,000 per additional tonne
Passengers – Rs 1,000 per additional passenger
Driving without a seat belt
Overloading of 2-wheelers
Rs 2,000 leading to disqualification of driving licence for three months
Riding without helmet
Rs 1,000 with the disqualification of licence for up to three months
The following are some of the new provisions in the Bill.
Violating licensing conditions by aggregators
Rs 1 lakhs
Not giving way to emergency vehicles
Traffic violations by juveniles
Guardian will pay Rs 25,000 as fine
Three-year imprisonment depending on the gravity of the act
The juvenile will face trial under the Juvenile Justice Act
Cancellation of registration of the vehicle
Nitin Gadkari says that these stringent measures could go on to deter people and thereby, reduce fatal accidents on the roads. The Bill also proposes to hold vehicle manufacturers responsible for non-compliance of motor vehicle standards. The penalty could go up to Rs 100 Crores and imprisonment up to one year. Road contractors failing to design roads matching the latest criteria face a penalty of Rs 1 lakh.
The Bill proposes to bring changes to the insurance aspects.
Maximum 3rd party insurance – Rs 10 lakhs for death and Rs 5 lakhs for injuries
Cashless treatment of accident victims during the critical golden hour
The Bill also proposes to provide relief to good Samaritans.