The New Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill,2016, Seeks To Impose Hefty Penalties On Traffic Rule Violation
The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha by voice vote after various opposition amendments were rejected.
The Lok Sabha on Monday cleared modifications to the motor vehicles law that enable learner’s driving licenses to be issued online will appreciably boost the punishment for traffic violations and penalize contractors for road designs that were defective.
Similarly, for over-speeding, the penalty may go up to ₹1,000-2,000 from ₹400. Not wearing seatbelts would create the absolute minimum punishment of ₹1,000 against ₹100 at present.
When the Bill becomes law 10% will also increase each year. The Bill, which will amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, must be passed followed by President Pranab Mukherjee’s consent to become law.
The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha by voice vote after various opposition amendments were rejected. An amendment moved by a CPI(M) member on improving the reparation in case of injuries was defeated by 37 votes in favor and 221 against.
The proposed law will even allow citizens to implement or renew a driving licence from any road transport office in the State. At present, citizens can only apply in the RTO that is closest.
The Centre also intends to make submission of Aadhaar number compulsory for applying to get a driving license and vehicle registration by making an empowering provision in the Bill.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha throughout the discussion on the Bill that “no fake driving licenses will be made once there's and there could be no larceny of the vehicles e-governance.”
But when the application for license renewal that is driving is made a year after its expiry, the applicant will have to get a driving test to get the license. At present, a driving test is conducted when a citizen applies for renewal of her license five years after its expiry.
According to some other suggestion, contractors will need to pay ₹1 lakh as a penalty if the defective road design results in death or incapacity of a commuter. The fee amount will go towards a new Motor Vehicles Accident Fund that will be properly used to take care of men injured in road mishaps. Auto makers will need to cover a fine of up to ₹100 crore for “alteration or retrofitting” in vehicles which could be “hazardous to the environment in addition to for pedestrians and commuters.”