India witnesses about 5 lakh accidents throughout the year wherein approximately 1.5 lakh people have to lose their lives. Considering the driving ethics, India does fall short when it comes to vehicle law and safety standards. A new strict bill with better vehicle law is certainly the need of the hour. The government is positively making efforts to improvise the Motor Vehicle law to proffer strict action against the violation of traffic rules. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday addressed the nation to nullify the INR 500 and INR 1000 denomination notes a valid attempt to curb the corruption and other factors related to the security of the nation. After banning higher denomination notes in the country, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016 according to our sources. The accidents and fatalities are believed to come down by 50 percent with the introduction of these amendments. The Government plans to impose heavy penalties and fines on the traffic law violators. The Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016 which is basically amendments to the Motor Vehicle 1988 Act. Here are the main underscores of new traffic rules that you should know. Also Read: New Cars to provide Airbags and other safety features at standard fitments come October 2017
1. According to the amendments, the fine imposed on the riding a bike without wearing a helmet has been increased from INR 100 to INR 1,000. This violation act might also end in debarment of the licence for three months.
2. Compensation for hit and run case has also been increased from INR 25,000 to INR 2 lakh. Also, the compensation for road accident fatalities has been amended up to INR 10 lakh.
3. If the offences are committed by juveniles, the guardian/owner of the vehicle will be considered as guilty and the juvenile will be booked under the JJ Act further to which registration of the vehicle will be void.
4. Considering for drink and drive offense, the penalty has been increased from INR 2000 to INR 10,000.
5. According to the amendment, Penalty will be imposed on the driver while driving without wearing a seatbelt. The penalty has been raised to INR 1000 from INR 100.
6. Moreover, as per the amendments there is also provision that the drivers will be penalized who do not give way to the emergency vehicles.
7. The overall driving training process will be reinforced strongly to result quick issuance of transport licenses.
8. The government will emphasize more on adding online services like facilitating online learning licenses, escalating validity period for driving licenses and fulfilling proper requirements of educational testimonials for transport licenses.
9. Penalty of INR 2000 will be imposed on the drive for taking out an oversized vehicle on the road.
10. Driving vehicle without proper permit is also viable under penalty which has been increased to INR 10,000 from INR 5,000.