Pay more for your of­fences

We take you through the salient fea­tures of the new Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (Amend­ment) Bill, 2016 that has been passed by the Lok Sabha

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SO, THE RED BEA­CON THAT was of­ten the bane of ex­is­tence for the com­mon road user will be gone come the first of May. Yet, it is the far less dra­matic pass­ing of the new Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle (Amend­ment) Bill, 2016 by the Lok Sabha that is far more sig­nif­i­cant. With a view to im­prove road safety and re­duce traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, the new bill amends 68 of the 223 sec­tions of the old Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act with chap­ter 10 hav­ing been com­pletely re­moved while 11 is be­ing amended to sim­plify third party in­sur­ance claims.

We are of course no le­gal ex­perts and there­fore will leave the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the finer points of in­di­vid­ual sec­tions of the act to them. But what is crys­tal clear is that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is out for the blood of mo­torists who defy the law of the road in this coun­try.

Penal­ties there­fore have been in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly to act as a big­ger deter­rent to ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers, or even first time of­fend­ers. The bill also pro­poses a mul­ti­plier pre­scribed by the state for

The new bill amends 68 of the 223 sec­tions of the pre­vi­ous Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act

re­peated of­fend­ers, with penal­ties not less than one and not more than 10 times the orig­i­nal of­fence. Here’s a look at what they’ll fish out of our wal­lets if caught by the men in uni­form on the wrong side of that le­gal line.

The bill will also al­low for a fa­cil­ity to get your learn­ing li­cence on­line, in­crease the va­lid­ity of driv­ing li­cences and scrap the re­quire­ment for ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions for a trans­port li­cence.

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