The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 which got effective in various states of the country will soon be implemented in Assam, said Transport Commissioner Virendra Mittal.
Speaking to Time8, Mittal said, “The Act will be implemented in the state soon. We are planning to issue the notification within a week. This Act will bring stringent traffic regulations in the state.”
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 came into force from September 1st, 2019 and it will impose stricter penalties in an attempt to improve road safety.
Mittal said under the new law, a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be created which will pay the medical fees of accident victims. It will also provide a compensation amount for the families of the victims.
Under the Act, traffic offences like driving without a licence will now impose on the offender a penalty of Rs 5,000. Driving a vehicle while it is under suspension is punishable with a fine of Rs 10,000 and also, allowing unauthorised persons to drive a vehicle is punishable with a fine of Rs 5,000.
The Act states that the penalty for offences committed by juveniles has been made particularly stringent. The guardian of a minor or the owner of the vehicle would be deemed guilty up to a penalty of Rs 25,000.
If the offence is committed by a juvenile, the juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Protection Act. Further, the motor vehicle registration would also stand cancelled for a year.
Reckless driving for the first time will now lead to a fine of Rs 5,000 and for the second time, an offender has to pay Rs 10,000. Also, driving a vehicle which is under suspension will cost a fine worth Rs 10,000. Allowing an unauthorized person to drive a vehicle is punishable and will lead to a penalty of Rs 5,000.
Enhanced penalties have also been provided for various other under offences under the Motor Vehicles Act, including travel without tickets, refusal to supply information, disobeying authorities etc.
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