Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill: Things you should know while driving in India

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill: Things you should know while driving in India

The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha but is yet to be passed by Rajya Sabha. This may have revolutionary impact on your life while on the road. It is currently being opposed by various opposition parties for restraining powers of the state governments and favouring corporates which have the provisions that will make Indian roads safe.

The bill will have huge increases in penalties for the violation of traffic rules, recall of defective vehicle parts by auto companies, due to poor quality of infrastructure holding builders accountable.

A survey was conducted last year by an organisation which is involed in policy making as Consumer Voice, 96% customers believed that by 2020 the road accident will be reduced if the bill would help meet the UN mandate. The bill should be supported by all the parties as it is important to reduce the mortality rate due to road accidents.The Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 will change the 30 year-old-law and it is an important legislation. The bill consists of the following points:

  1. Aadhaar card is mandate in order to get DL (Driving licence) and verhicle registration
  2. Compensation of Rs 2 lakh or more would be provided by the government in hit and run case to the family member of the victims.
  3. The guardians or vehicle owners would be responsible for any traffic violations by any teenager unless they prove the offence was made without their knowledge. The teenager will be tried under Juvenile Justic Act.
  4. People who will help the accident victims will be protected from civil or criminal liability. It will be optional to hide or disclose their identity.
  5. Fines also have been increased
    1. Rash driving fine would be Rs 5000 instead of Rs 1000
    2. Drink and drive fine would be Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 2000
    3. Driving without licence would be Rs 5000 instead of Rs 500
    4. Over speeding fine would be Rs 1000-2000 instead of Rs 400
    5. Not wearing safety seatbeat fine would be Rs 1000 instead of Rs 100
    6. Talking on phone while driving fine would be Rs 5000 instead of Rs 1000
  6. The roads which are leading to accidents due to faulty design, construction or poor maintenance for that contractors, consultants and civic agencies will be accountable.
  7. Compulsory insurance will be provided for a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund to cover all road users in India for certain types of accidents.
  8. An application of compensation to the Claims Tribunal with regard to road accidents will have a time limit of 6 months which was specified.
  9. 2016 bill had a cap of maximum liability of Rs 10 lakh in case of death and Rs 5 lakn in case of critical injury but the bill has removed the cap on liability for third-party insurance.
  10. After the expiry of Driving licence one can renew it within one year of expiry instead of one month.
  11. In case of sub-standard components or engine, manufacturers can be fined up to Rs 500 crore. Even government can recall these vehicles.