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If maintaining and driving a car was considered expensive, the new bill will, hopefully, make you think several times before breaking traffic rules. With a 900 per cent increase in some fines, the new numbers should help keep the masses in check and prevent them from making a nuisance of themselves on the roads.

Some of the salient features of the bill are

  • Aadhaar is now mandatory for driving licences and vehicle registration.

  • Alterations have to be made to make vehicles more accessible for differently-abled people.

  • The inclusion of a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund mandates the coverage of insurance for all motorists in certain types of accidents.

  • Enables the government to impose a multiplier on certain fines. These multipliers cannot be less than one or more than ten.

  • Contractors, civic agencies and consultants will be held responsible in the event of an accident caused due to poor roads.

  • The time for applying for compensation related to road accidents has been limited to six months.

The new fine structure is as follows:

Offence

Old Fine (Rupees)

New Fine (approx.) (Rs)

Driving without license

500

5,000

Speeding

400

1,000

Dangerous driving

1,000

up to 5,000

No seat belt

100

1,000

Not giving way for emergency vehicles

NA

10,000

Driving without insurance

1,000

2,000

If enforced properly, these changes could give us a safer environment to drive in. Only time will tell. Fingers crossed.

Story: Joshua Varghese

 

About the author: Joshua Varghese

 

Would gape at fast cars. Still does but now has a chance to drive some of them. Hates driving in traffic but makes up for with a spot of off-roading or the occasional track outing. Insta: @motoknight

 

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