On June 24, 2019, The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the bill to fine people with Rs 10,000 for blocking ambulances. The rule is the part of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill. The newly approved bill will update the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
- The Bill was approved as several cases were reported where ambulances were stuck for hours either due to agitation on roads, traffic or due to a minister’s visit, which sometimes caused patients to lose their lives.
- The proposals were based on the recommendations of transport ministers from 18 states and they were assessed by the Standing Committee of Parliament.
- The Bill also introduced other amendments. Aggregators violating driving licences will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh, for over-speeding penalties will be charged in the range of Rs 1,000- 2,000, driving without insurance will fetch Rs 2,000 as fine, driving without helmets will attract Rs 1,000 fine and 3-month suspension of licence.
- As per the new provisions, guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty and there will be a penalty of Rs 25,000 with three-year imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the Motor Vehicle.
- For traffic violations, the fine would be Rs 500 instead of Rs 100, disobedience of the orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 500, Penalty for unauthorised use of vehicles without a licence would be Rs 5,000 and driving without a licence will fetch the same amount, those found driving despite disqualification would be fined Rs 10,000. Penalty for dangerous driving was increased to Rs 5,000 from Rs 1,000, while drunken driving under the proposed new law would attract a fine of Rs 10,000.
- If aggregators were found violating licensing conditions, they will be charged a sum of up to Rs 1 lakh, overloading of vehicles would attract a penalty of Rs 20,000, those not wearing seat belts would attract Rs 1,000 fine and those not wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers would be charged a penalty of Rs 1,000 and their licences will be disqualified for three months.
About Ministry of Road Transport and Highways:
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Minister In-charge: Nitin Jairam Gadkari