Maharashtra Government Issues Notification Increasing Fines For Traffic Rule Violations

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Pune, 3rs December 2021: Road safety NGO Parisar, which has been advocating for the implementation of stricter penalties as per the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019, welcomes the much-awaited decision by the Govt of Maharashtra to notify the new offences in the “compounding notification” which allows challans with the higher fines to be issued by traffic police to traffic rule violators.
Parisar had been following up with the Transport Minister to issue the compounding notification for two years. Most of the States have already issued the notification, with only states such as Tamil Nadu and West Bengal yet to comply. Road Crashes kill around 1,50,000 people every year (400 every day).
Maharashtra recorded 13,940 road fatalities in 2020 as per the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, the second highest in the country. The MV Act was amended in 2019 specifically to improve the road safety record and to help achieve the national target of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030.
Parisar asserts that this decision will certainly improve road safety, reduce fatalities and ensure better traffic discipline among road users.
Sandeep Gaikwad, Senior Program Associate at Parisar said, “While we welcome the issuance of the notification, it is disappointing to see that fines for non-use of helmets and seat belts have remained the same which is a matter of great concern”.
The new notification however does mandate a 3-month licence suspension for the offence. “We are not sure how this will be implemented, since this is possible only if the person is apprehended on the road. CCTV enforcement makes this very difficult”, he added.
It is pertinent to note that other States have not diluted the provisions and raised traffic fines as per Amendment Act.
International evidence shows that driver behaviour is influenced not only by the quantum of the fine but also the surety of getting caught and the certainty of having to pay the fine immediately.
“With no increase in fines for key risk behaviours such as non-use of helmets and seat-belts and speeding of two-wheelers, as well as the current CCTV camera based enforcement, which has led to wide scale non-payment of fines, we are doubtful that this will bring down road fatalities to the extent that is needed. We would suggest that fines should be raised periodically, as provided in the MV Amendment Act”, said Ranjit Gadgil, Program Director at Parisar.

Comparison of key road safety fines with previous notification and provisions in the MV Act as amended in 2019

Section of Act Traffic offences August 2016 notification December 2021 notification Penalty in the MV Act
180 / 181 Allowing someone to drive or driving w/o licence Rs 500 Rs 5000 Rs 5000
182(1) Driving with suspended licence Rs 500 Rs 10,000 Rs 10,000
 

183(1)

Over speeding of two-wheeler 1000 1000 not defined
Over-speeding for car Rs. 1000 Rs. 2000 Rs 1000 – Rs 2000
Over-speeding for other vehicles (trucks, buses etc) Rs. 1000 Rs. 4000 Rs 2000 – Rs 4000
184 Driving dangerously (use of mobile while driving) added Rs 1000 Rs 1000 – Rs 5000
194 Overloading of vehicles Only for overload per tonne Rs 20,000 + Rs 2000 per extra tonne Rs 20,000 + Rs 2000 per extra tonne
194B Seat belt Rs. 200 Rs. 200 Rs 1000
194C Triple seat Rs. 200 Rs. 1000* Rs 1000
194D Helmet Rs. 500 Rs. 500* Rs 1000
194F Honking Rs. 500 Rs. 1000 Rs 1000
194E Blocking emergency vehicle new provision Rs 10000 Rs 10000

 

* mandatory 3-month licence suspension