Govt amends Motor Vehicles Act

Government has notified 63 provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 including the ones dealing with enhanced penalties for various traffic offences. The new clauses will come into effect from 1st of next month.

In a statement, Road Transport and Highways Ministry said, these are provisions which require no further amendments in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.  

It said for the remaining provisions the Ministry has initiated the process of formulating draft rules.  The 63 clauses deal with penalties, licences, registration and National Transport Policy among others.

Under the new law, people will be charged enhanced penalty between  one thousand to five thousand rupees for unauthorised use of vehicles without licence. Besides, the penalty for driving without license will go up from up to 500 to   5,000 rupees.

The new rules also enhance penalty for drunken driving to imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to 10 thousand rupees or both for the first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years or fine of  15 thousand rupees  or both for the second offence.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament earlier this month.

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