Section 177 : General

You have just to continue driving down the route. You’ll curve and bend, and accelerate and pause, but the route continues. But driving down the road would not be easy if you take the literal sense of the above words. In specific not with recent changes in the Motor Vehicles Act, which came into force on 1 September 2019.
In its goal, India is dedicated to halving road accidents and deaths. However, the numbers need to be improved. In 2018, Indian roads experienced over 4.67 traffic crashes and more of 1.5 lakhs were killed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

So it should not be unexpected if the government takes notice of this violation and the House recently introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act which enter into effect on 1 September 2019. One thing is clear of tougher provisions: even a minor driving mistake would be penalized and strongly penalized. A relatively insignificant fine could cost you an immense amount, maybe even more than or equal to your overall monthly fuel costs.
In line with this, a notice of all regulations which came into force from 1 September 2019 was recently released by the Transportation Ministry. Let’s have a look at such penalties

IMPROVEMENT IN PENALTIES

The increasing punishment for negligence driving and tactical errors was one of the key amendments that we have all taken care of.

Overview: from Rs 100 to Rs 500, the first offense was elevated, and every second offense up to Rs 300 to Rs 1500 was raised. This is five times bigger. The press release issued a strong message: without having significant financial consequences, the traffic rules cannot any longer be broken.
NEW MV ACT PENALTIES

If you describe your adventure as reckless driving in the eyes of rule, or in particular the police, you can incur a jail term of six months to one year and/or fine between Rs 1.000 and Rs 5.000. You will be jailed for up to 2 years and/or face a fine of up to 10 000 Rs if you’re detected a second time.

For drink driving the first conviction imposes a jail sentence up to six months and/or a fine up to Rs 10,000. On the second offense, a punishment of up to 2 years is imposed and/or a fine of Rs 15,000 is imposed.

Under the current motor vehicles regulation, the first time you’ve been spotted on uninsured vehicles you could be prosecuted with a total of Rs 2,000 and/or jailed for up to 3 months. A punishment of Rs 4,000 and/or up to 3 months in jail was imposed for the second offense.
•DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE-
If you are found without a license for the first time, you will have to pay a penalty of Rs 5,000. Previously, this penalty was Rs 500. A 10 times spike in the fine would cause you to wait and take your license note. It becomes worse if driving is detected twice without a proper license. The penalty for speeding is currently 10,000 Rs, which was originally 500 Rs.

If over-speed is detected, Rs 1,000 from the earlier Rs 400 are now expected to be charged. The liability will be Rs. 2,000 for a small motor vehicle. The punishment is anywhere between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 4,000 in case of medium passenger or goods cars and resulting offence.
In case you are spotted speeding, you will face up to a month’s incarceration and/or pay a fine of Rs. 500 if the crime is first committed. If a second offense happens, the punishment will reach Rs 10,000, even though the sentence will stay the same.

The transportation of excess passengers, the inability to use protective belts and infringement of children’s seating standards, violations of safety precautions for motorcyclists and drivers of pillions, refusal to halt and weigh cars, the using of phones in quiet places and the failure to allow free transit to emergency vehicles was recommended. An obstacle to free flow can lead to a Rs 500 penalty up from Rs 50 earlier.

The latest regulation requires your car to be cancelled for one year if the vehicle is driven by a child. For a 1-year cycle, a new application would be made to register the vehicle. They are also punishable: a fine of Rs 25,000 and up to three years in jail can be imposed. As with a young boy, he won’t be allowed to have a learning licence until he is 25 years old.

Accident offences can result in up to 6 months in jail and/or Rs 5 000 in fine for the first time offence. The fine is limited to 6 months. You will have to face up to 1 year’s incarceration and/or a heavy fine of up to Rs 10,000 on the second violation.