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Motor Vehicles Act 2019: Know All Changes in Fines and Penalties For Offenders

Modified On Sep 06, 2019 04:15 PM By CarDekho

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With new rules coming into force, find out how much fine would need to be paid or punishment to be served for various traffic violations.

With the provisions of the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 coming into effect from September 1, 2019, those breaking traffic rules will need to shell out heavier fines and stricter penalties. For example, the punishment for drunk driving has increased from ₹2000 to ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months to 1 year for first offence. Repeat offenders will need to pay more fine and serve higher jail time. Even driving without insurance can land you in jail for 3 months and a fine of Rs 2,000 for the first offence. The government believes the stricter penalties will act as a stronger deterrent against violation of traffic rules and, in turn, help improve road safety.

Below are the changes in fines and penalties as per the new Motor Vehicles Act 2019:   

Offence

Old Penalty

New Penalty

General (offences for which no penalty is defined otherwise)

₹100 for first offence; ₹300 for subsequent offence

₹500 for first offence; ₹1,500 for subsequent offence

Road regulation violation

₹100

₹500

Disobedience of orders of authorities

₹500

₹2,000

Unauthorized use of vehicles without licence

₹1,000

₹1,000 - ₹5,000

Driving without licence

₹500

₹5,000 and/or community service

Driving despite disqualification

₹500

₹10,000 and/or community service

Oversized vehicles

N/A

₹5,000 - ₹10,000 and/or community service 

Over-speeding

₹400

₹1,000 - ₹2,000 for LMV 

₹2,000 - ₹4,000 for MPV/HPV and/or  impounding of driving licence 

Dangerous driving (e.g. jumping red light)

₹1,000

₹1,000 - ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year for first offence, seizure of licence; Rs. 10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence 

Drink driving

₹2,000

₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months to 1 year for first offence; Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for subsequent offence 

Speeding/Racing

₹500

₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of 1 month, community service; ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 month for subsequent offence

Offences relating to accident

N/A

Up to ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months for first offence; ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 1 year for subsequent offence

Driving when mentally/physically unfit to drive 

₹200 for first offence; ₹500 for subsequent offence 

₹1,000 for first offence; ₹2,000 for subsequent offence 

Vehicle without permit

Up to ₹5,000

₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months, community service

Aggregators (violations of licencing conditions)

N/A

₹25,000 to ₹1 lakh

Overloading

₹2,000 and ₹1,000 per extra tonne

₹20,000 and ₹2,000 per extra tonne

Overloading of passengers

N/A

₹1,000 per extra passenger

No Seat belt

₹100 

₹1,000 and/or community service

Overloading of two wheelers

₹100

₹2,000, disqualification of licence for 3 months and/or community service

Not wearing a helmet

₹100

₹1,000 and/or disqualification of licence for 3 months, community service

Not providing way for emergency vehicles like ambulance

N/A

₹10,000 and/or community service

Driving without insurance

₹1,000 and/or punishment up to 3 months 

Rs. 2,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence; Rs. 4000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the subsequent offence

Offences by juveniles

N/A

Guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty. ₹25,000 with 3 years imprisonment and cancellation of the registration of the vehicle for 12 months. Juvenile will be tried under The Juvenile Justice Act. 

Power of officers to impound documents

N/A

Suspension of driving licence

Offences committed by enforcing authorities

N/A

Twice the penalty under the relevant section

Taking vehicle without lawful authority/seizing motor vehicle by force 

₹500

₹5,000

Obstructing free flow of traffic

₹50

₹500

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prakash kumar mohapatra mohapatra
Nov 15, 2019 8:11:11 PM

It is surprised to find PUC cirtificate non available penalty no where found .

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    madan singh
    Sep 23, 2019 10:27:28 PM

    Delhi police jabardasti ka challan kat rhi h meri gadi ke sabhi paper complete h fir bhi without parmit ka challan kat diya 5000 rs ka iska kya sollution h or police wale jhut bolte h

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      mohit bhati
      Sep 22, 2019 8:27:34 PM

      I have permit in vehicle but Delhi traffic police challan in not a permit in vehicle challan in vehicle without using permit but permit is already in vehicle challan price in 10000 how to solve my problem

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