The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 has come into force from today onwards. It is to be noted that the amendment act amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was passed by the Parliament on August 5, became an act after receiving nod from President Ram Nath Kovind on August 9. It is to be noted that the Amendment Act is aimed at enhancing road safety, improving process of issuing licenses and permits, weeding out corruption in RTO offices and ushering use of technology for regulating road traffic.
Do you often break traffic rules? If yes, then you should stop doing so or else be ready to pay hefty fine under the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019. As many as 63 clauses of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 has come into effect.
Under the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019, for driving without a license, there will be a fine of Rs 5,000. Earlier, Rs 500 was the fine. The penalty for driving despite disqualification has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000. For travelling without a ticket, the fine has been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500.
On the other hand, the penalty for over-speeding will be between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 for the light motor vehicles, while medium passenger or goods vehicles will have to pay between Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000, respectively with impounding of driving license for a second or subsequent offence.
In the case of drink and drive, the penalty has been increased to imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs 10,000 for the first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs 15,000 for the second offence.
For acquiring a learners license, the applicants can apply to any licensing authority in the state. The licensing authority will be allowed to issue driving licenses for adapted vehicles. The minimum educational qualification to drive a transport vehicle has also been removed.