Traffic Offenders beware! The union cabinet has approved some sweeping changes in the Motor Vehicle Act through the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill. According to the new changes, serious traffic offenses such as drunken driving and over speeding will receive fines that are as much as time times higher than current levels.
A high number of traffic violations have resulted to serious injuries and death in many cases. In an effort to curb this nuisance, the union government has decided to make traffic violators pay hefty fines. The Motor Vehicle Act is the primary law that governs vehicle usage and traffic in the country. The new changes in the act will be made in to law once Parliament reconvenes.
The Motor Vehicle Act framed in 1988 was last amended in 2001 and the fines for traffic offenses have remained unchanged since then. Although the fines might have looked huge then, they are considered a pittance by some people.
Traffic police in Bangalore charge fines of Rs.3,000 for every time a person is caught driving under the influence of alcohol. They even suspend a driving license in case of repeated offenses. Yet the number of traffic violations have not reduced. In fact The Bangalore traffic police have been collecting fines to the tune of crores every month.
The amended Motor Vehicle Act will have more stringent fines. Serious traffic offenses will attract a huge fine as well as jail terms. Reports say the penalty for drunk driving will be increased to Rs.5,000 along with a jail term of up to two years. The jail term will be decided on the basis of the extent of alcohol found above the allowed limit of 30mg per 100 ml of blood.