Following in the footsteps of the Gujarat government, the Uttarakhand government, headed by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, has announced a reduction in fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act. This comes as the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019 came into effect on September 1, 2019, causing traffic police all over the country to give challans to all those who break the law.
The penalty for driving without a licence has been reduced to Rs 2,500 under the reduced fine announced by the Uttarakhand government, down from Rs 5,000 under the amended Motor Vehicle Act. Besides that, the fine for driving with an expired licence has been reduced to Rs 5,000 from Rs 10,000 under the new law.
As per the new Motor Vehicle Act, driving a vehicle that causes pollution carries a fine of Rs 10,000, but vehicles that cause noise or air pollution in Uttarakhand will be fined Rs 2,500, with a second-time penalty of Rs 45,000. The penalty for failing to provide a route for emergency vehicles has indeed been reduced to Rs 5,000, down from Rs 10,000 under the amended Motor Vehicle Act.
Overloading a vehicle has now become punishable by a fine fine of Rs Rs 2,000 for a Light Motor Vehicle and Rs 5,000 for a Medium passenger vehicle, with a fine of Rs Rs 2,000 per extra tonne, while the current Motor Vehicle Act punishes overloading by a fine of Rs 20,000 and a fine of Rs 2,000 per extra tonne. The penalty for driving without insurance in Uttarakhand has been raised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000, with no exemptions, under the new legislation.
Besides this, in Uttarakhand, the punishment for making illegal modifications to vehicles is Rs 50,000, whereas the penalty for overspeeding is Rs 2,000. The fine for talking on a cell phones while driving is Rs 5,000 in the state.
On September 1, 2019, the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into effect, mostly with the aim of instilling good driving habits, reducing traffic violations, and instilling a fear of the law. Several state governments, on the other hand, chose to either not enforce the law or to reduce the penalties by as much as 90 per cent. The states that have expressed their opposition to the Centre’s decision are Gujarat, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal among others.
Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, has announced that fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act will be reduced. The penalty for not wearing a helmet in Gujarat is Rs 500 under the lowered fine declared by the Gujarat government, compared to Rs 1,000 under the Motor Vehicle Act. In Gujarat, the fine for not wearing a seat belt has been reduced to Rs 500, down from Rs 1,000 under the new Motor Vehicles Act. In Gujarat, driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s licence will result in a fine of Rs 2,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 3,000 for the others, while the fine in other parts of India will be Rs 5,000.