May 24th, 2016
In spite of our awareness about traffic rules, we feel proud of breaking the law and getting away with it.
Now, a new section has been added to the Motor Vehicles Act by a group of state transport ministers meant to set some stringent rules against those who break the traffic laws.
What the new section says:
1.) Speeding, dangerous driving, jumping traffic signals, drunk driving, using mobile phones while driving and not wearing helmet may result in on-the-spot suspension of driving licences.
2.) Immediate withdrawal of advertisements, films and TV serials that show speeding and rash driving without “adequate warning” on the screen.
3.) Rs 5,000 or six months jail for first time offenders, while for subsequent offence, there would be two years jail or Rs 10,000 fine.
4.) Higher penalty will be imposed on drivers who fail to take crash victims to hospitals, in cases where they face no mob fury. Fine of Rs 2,000 or jail term of up to six months has been proposed for such drivers.
5.) Driving without insurance could attract Rs 2,000 fine and three months jail for first offence and Rs 4,000 fine on subsequent offences. Crash victims will be liable for compensation if they are hit by an uninsured vehicle.
6.) To ensure that neither individuals, dealer or body builders interfere with construction and maintenance of vehicles, the GoM has proposed Rs 5,000 and up to Rs 1 lakh fine respectively.
The Logical Indian welcomes the step taken and hopes that the acts are implemented properly. At the same time, we request our community members to not break traffic laws and support the government when they come up with these kind of progressive steps.