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Government clears 5-fold hike in fines for traffic offences

The government has approved five-fold increase in fines under the Motor Vehicle Act to check habitual traffic offenders. Compensation to accident victims will also go up substantially. The changes will be incorporated in the Motor Vehicle Act through an amendment, which is likely to be introduced in forthcoming Parliament session.

An official said that the Union Cabinet has also approved the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act for harsher punishments for offences like drunken driving. Under one of the proposed amendments, the government has cleared four-fold increase in compensation to 1 Lakh rupees in fatal accidents, and 50,000 rupees for grievous hurts in hit and run cases.

In case of drunken driving, the fine will range from 2,000 to 10,000 rupees and imprisonment from six months to four years. However, alcohol level of 30 milligram per 100 milliliter of blood will not amount to an offence.

In case a person is found driving under the influence of narcotic substances, he could be liable for six months imprisonment and / or fine of up to 5,000 rupees. For repeat offences, the fine could go up to 10,000 rupees with six month imprisonment and cancellation of license.

The fine for jumping the red light, is also proposed to be increased to 100 to 500 rupees for first offence and 300-1,500 for subsequent offences.

For over-speeding, it has been proposed to increased the fine from 400-1,000 for first offence, and 2,000-5,000 for the second.

For dangerous driving, the fine has been raised to 2,000 to 5,000 rupees and or imprisonment of 2 years in case of second offence.

Besides, fine for using mobile phones while driving is proposed to be increased to 500 rupees for first offence and 2,000-5,000 for subsequent instances. It has been proposed to rationalise the formula for tabulating compensation for road accident victims under third party insurance as 1.4 million cases are pending before courts.



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