The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has ruled out any proposal to increase penalties for road traffic offenses through ordinance. In a tweet, the ministry also asked people not to believe in rumours. Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved a draft law to substantially increase penalty for traffic violations such as juvenile driving, over-speeding and drunken driving so as to improve road safety.
There is no proposal to increase penalties for road traffic offenses through ordinance. Please do not believe in rumours.
— MORTHINDIA (@MORTHIndia) November 10, 2016
Under the proposed Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill of 2016, driving without licence will attract a minimum fine of Rs 5,000, up from Rs 500 at present. For over-speeding, a penalty of Rs.1,000-Rs. 2,000 is proposed, up from Rs. 400. Not wearing seatbelts would result in a minimum penalty of Rs. 1,000 against Rs.100 at present. For two-wheeler riders, not wearing helmet would mean a fine of Rs. 1,000, up from Rs. 100, and would also lead to suspension of the licence for three months.
For juvenile crimes, the guardian or owner of the vehicle will be deemed guilty with a hefty fine of Rs. 25,000, along with three years of imprisonment. The registration of the vehicle will also be cancelled. The penalty for driving without vehicle insurance is proposed to be increased to Rs. 2,000 from Rs.1,000. The government has proposed inserting a new provision in the law for levying a penalty of Rs. 10,000 on people not allowing way for emergency vehicles.
The proposed law also increases the compensation in hit-and-run cases from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 2 lakh. Other provisions proposed include online learning licences, increasing the validity period for driving licences, doing away with the requirements of educational qualification for transport licences.