Higher traffic penalties will come into effect across the country from Sunday under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which was passed by the parliament last month.“Higher penalties for traffic violations are being issued for the public interest. Increased penalties will help in reducing accidents as people will become more cautious. Moreover, the existing fines are decades-old which are required to change,” said Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on August 21.Replacing old transportation law, the newly introduced Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2019 aims to reduce basic transport-related hazards for the commuters.“There is a need to increase public awareness and our motive will be to ensure that people drive safely. We will work towards making our roads safer for citizens,” said Delhi’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) NS Bundela.“The government has made various changes in the traffic rules, penalty amounts have been increased, some new sections have been added and traffic team has already been briefed about this in a meeting,”
The new law enhances the penalty for unauthorised use of vehicles without a licence to Rs 5,000 from up to Rs 1,000. Besides, the penalty for driving without license would go up from up to Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.