1. What Are The New Laws?
The bill seeks 68 amendments and insertion of 28 new sections in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, including setting up of a National Road Safety Board. Here are the changes and new laws:
- For deaths in hit and run cases, the government will provide a compensation of at least Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased, increasing it from Rs 25,000.
- In traffic violations by juveniles, the guardians or owner of the vehicle would be responsible unless they prove the offence was committed without their knowledge or they tried to prevent it. The registration of the motor vehicle in question will be cancelled and the juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.
- Fine for drunk driving to be increased to Rs 10,000 from Rs 2,000
- The fine for rash driving will be increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000
- For driving without license, the fine will be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000
- Fine for speeding will go up from Rs 400 to up to Rs 2,000
- The fine for not wearing a seat belt will be Rs 1,000 from the present Rs 100
- Talking on the phone while driving will attract a fine of Rs 5,000 (up from Rs 1,000)
- The amendment to the bill also takes care of good citizens. Those who help accident victims will be protected from civil or criminal liability. It is up to them if they want to disclose their identity to the police or medical personnel.