September 20, 2019 | 2:02 PM IST
traffic rules

Traffic rules violations to cost dearly from Sept 1

The ministry of road and transport has amended about 63 clauses of the Motor Vehicle Act, effective from September 1. The amendments will impose higher penalties for violating traffic rules.
The amendments were announced during the launch of the Ministry’s new website. The Motor Vehicle Amendment bill 2019 was passed in the last Parliament session to prevent people from violating traffic rule.
Commenting on the traffic rules and safety, Union minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said, “It is in public interest. People will be more responsible on the roads now. About 65 percent of recorded 1.5 lakh accidental are between the age group of 18-35 years.
He added that the fines that exist are decades old and required changes. 

According to the new rules, penalty for not paving way to emergency services like ambulance, fire engines would cost Rs 10,000, driving without a license would cost Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 500 and driving under the influence of liquor would cost Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 2,000. Also, driving without helmet or seat belt would now cost Rs 1000 against the earlier Rs 100.

In addition, up to Rs.1 lakh fine will be raised against the road constructor and/or engineer in case of accidental death due to poor road construction quality. The Centre is already working towards improving the quality of roads and the engineering used in constructing them.

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