The group of state transport ministers has approved harsher penalties including on-the-spot suspension of driving licences in case of speeding, dangerous driving, jumping traffic signal, drunk driving, using mobile phone while driving and not wearing helmet.
For this GoM has inserted a new section in the Motor Vehicles Act.
According to Rajasthan Transport Minister Yunus Khan, who heads panel formed by Centre in February, these stringent penalties would help in regulating vehicular traffic, ensuring road safety and reducing mishaps.
The group has also recommended a provision for compulsory refresher training for such offenders. Nearly 3 lakh licences were suspended in Delhi in the past six months for similar offences.
The panel has also approved immediate withdrawal of advertisements, films and TV serials that show speeding and rash driving without “adequate warning” on the screen.
Some of the penalties include:
* For first time offenders, the fine would be Rs 5,000 or six months jail
* For subsequent offence, two years jail or Rs 10,000 fine.
* Higher penalty for drivers who fail to take crash victims to hospitals, in cases where they face no mob fury. Jail term of up to six months or Rs 2,000 fine for such drivers
* Rs 2000 fine for driving without insurance. For first offence three months jail and Rs 4,000 fine on subsequent offence
* Crash victims will be liable for compensation if they are hit by an uninsured vehicle
The group also endorsed an earlier recommendation to increase penalty on over loading of trucks at the rate of Rs 1,000 per tonne.
“We have also recommended free movement of trucks across the states by minimising check-posts, avoiding delays at inter-state border posts and reducing paper work by using electronic clearances and payments,” Khan said.
The penalty and punishment will be fixed in consultation with the union law and home ministries.