Fines For Traffic Violations To Pinch More

July 29 2019

The bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha but still requires clearance from the Rajya Sabha

  • Jumping red light, using mobile while driving, dangerous overtakes to lead to Rs 10,000 worth of fines.

  • Traffic signals on highways to be made clearly visible.

  • Honking unnecessarily or in a no-honking zone may lead to Rs 10,000 fine or 6 months imprisonment or both.

  • Mobility infrastructure to undergo changes for reducing traffic.

  • Govt to start a central fund to aid road accident victims.

With the motor vehicle accident rates in India at a sustained high, the Govt. of India will be implementing some controlling measures soon. If these proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act 1988 are implemented, we could soon see a significant spike in the fines for traffic violations, as well as improvements in road infrastructure and reducing congestion among others. Without further ado, let’s get down to the changes we might see in the mobility structure.

  • First and the foremost proposal is an increase in fines for traffic violations, which should discourage commuters from making dangerous maneuvers on the road. 

  • NHAI to undertake clearance of roadside hoardings which obscure traffic signs or divert the attention of highway drivers. 

  • Offenses such as stop sign and red light violation, use of mobile while driving, dangerous overtakes and driving on the wrong side will pinch more at Rs 10,000 from earlier Rs 2,000.

  • Drivers who do not give way to an emergency services vehicle, needlessly blare the horn on the road and in areas prohibiting the use of horn shall be imprisoned for up to six months or incur a Rs 10,000 fine or even both. 

  • The Government will also be focussing on reducing gridlocks and improving traffic flow, which not only wastes time but also valuable oil resources. 

  • The bill also has suggestions for improving electric adoption and shared mobility by reducing the cost of travel through cab aggregators. 

  • The bill also proposes to establish a mandatory insurance cover for all through a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund which will be funded by the Centre. This amount will be credited to the family members of road accident fatalities. Last year, the government had made a three-year third-party insurance a mandatory add-on for new car buyers. 

It is about time the Government took a high-handed approach to the increasingly dangerous Indian road conditions. If the proposal has the intended effect, we might end up getting rid of our dubious distinction of having the highest road fatalities in the world. Below is the entire list of proposed fines for the violations. 

Existing Fine
Proposed Fine
Driving without a license
Rs 500
Rs 5000
Over speeding
Rs 400
Rs 2000 for LMV- Rs 4000 for medium and heavy vehicles.
Drunk driving
Rs 2000
Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000
General offences 
Rs 100
Rs 500
Driving without seatbelt
Rs 100
Rs 1000
Not providing way for emergency vehicles
Rs 10,000 and imprisonment upto 6 months
Juvenile Offences
Guardian/ owner shall be deemed guilty
Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment.
Juvenile to be tried under JJ Act.
Registration of Motor Vehicle to be cancelled.
Driving without qualification (182)
Rs 500
Rs 10,000
Rules of road regulation violation (new 177A)
Rs 100
Rs 500
Travelling without a ticket (178)
Rs 200
Rs 500
Disobedience of orders of authorities (179)
Rs 500
Rs 2,000
Unauthorized use of vehicles without a licence (180)
Rs 1,000
Rs 5,000
Dangerous driving penalty (184)
Rs 1,000
Up to Rs 5,000
Speeding/ Racing (189)
Rs 500
Rs 5,000
Vehicle without a permit (192A)
Up to Rs 5000
Up to Rs 10,000
Overloading of two-wheelers (194 C)
Rs 100
Rs 2,000, disqualification of licence for 3 months
Not providing way for emergency vehicles (194E)
Rs 10,000
Driving without insurance
Rs 1000
Rs 2000

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  • Cardekho