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Complete list of ‘new and increased’ traffic fines approved by Union Cabinet

Complete list of ‘new and increased’ traffic fines approved by Union Cabinet
Complete list of 'new and increased' traffic fines approved by Union Cabinet

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On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) bill 2016, which levies hefty penalties for violation of road safety rules. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Under the bill, the fine for driving without licence is going up ten times from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 and penalty for drunken driving going up to Rs 10,000 from Rs 2,000. For driving without insurance, the new proposed penalty, is Rs 2,000, up from Rs 1,000.

The cabinet also recommended increasing the fine for riding without helmet from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000, with an added penalty of license disqualification for three months. For those driving without wearing a seatbelt, a penalty of Rs 1000, up from the current Rs 100, was proposed.

For offences committed by juveniles, the guardian or vehicle owner shall be deemed guilty and liable to pay a penalty of Rs 25,000 with three years imprisonment. The juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and registration of his or her motor vehicle will be cancelled.

“The important provisions include increase in compensation for hit and run cases from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh. It also has provision for payment of compensation up to Rs 10 lakh in road accidents fatalities,” an official release said.

Complete list of traffic violations with the old and proposed fine

Violation Old Fine New Fine
General Rs 100 Rs 500
Travel without ticket Rs 200 Rs 500
Disobedience of orders of authorities Rs 500 Rs 2000
Unauthorised use of vehicles without license Rs 1000 Rs 5000
Driving without license Rs 500 Rs 5000
Driving despite disqualification Rs 500 Rs 10,000
Oversize vehicles   — Rs 5000
Overspeeding Rs 400 Rs 1000 for LMV

Rs 2000 for Medium passenger vehicle

Dangerous driving penalty Rs 1000 Upto Rs 5000
Druken Driving Rs 2000 Rs 10,000
Speeding/ Racing Rs 500 Rs 5000
Vehicle without permit Upto Rs 5000 Upto Rs 10,000
Aggregators (voilations of licensing conditions)  — Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,00,000
Overloading Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 Rs 20,000 and Rs 2000 per extra tonne
Overloading of passengers  — Rs 1000 per person
Seat belt Rs 100 Rs 1000
Overloading of 2 wheelers Rs 100 Rs 2000 , Disqualification of license for 3 months
Helmets Rs 100 Rs 1000 , Disqualification of license for 3 months
Not providing way for emergency vehicles  — Rs 10,000
Driving without Insurrance Rs 1000 Rs 2000
Offences by juveniles  — Gaurdian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty.

Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment.

For juvenile to be tried under JJ ct. registration of motor vehicle to be cancelled.

Power of officers to impound documents  — Suspension of driving license
Offences committed by enforcing authorities  — Twice the penalty under relevant section


The bill provides amendments in various penalties. While the old penalty for violating road rules was Rs 100, the new minimum penalty is Rs 500. Similarly, for speeding the earlier penalty was Rs 400, the new proposed penalties for LMV (light motor vehicle) is Rs 1,000 and for medium passenger vehicle is Rs 2,000.

The new proposed penalty for driving a vehicle without license would go up to Rs 5,000 from 1,000, while the new proposed penalty for dangerous driving would go up to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000.

To help road accident victims, Good Samaritan guidelines have also been incorporated in the Bill.

“We expect that the amendment Bill would be taken up in Parliament next week. These reforms would completely transform the transport sector while strengthening roads safety,” said road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.

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