Amended Motor Vehicles Act likely to be implemented from October 1

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Panaji: The amended Motor Vehicles Act with revised fines is likely to be implemented from October 1. The transport department is waiting for the state government to release an official notification enforcing the implementation of the amended Act and other related notification for delegating powers to enforcement officers to compound offences.

Though the department claims it is all set to implement the new MV Act in toto once it gets a nod from the state government, it is also apprehensive on implementation of the Act from next month considering the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and would soon brief the government for appropriate decision.

However, it is expected that the execution might be delayed as the state is still reeling under COVID-19 crisis.

The state had recently published a notification in official gazette maintaining the original notification of Motor Vehicles Act passed by the Centre without reducing the quantum of fines except for some minor changes made in the penalty relating to minor offences.

The transport department says the notification to delegate powers under section 200 of Motor Vehicles Act to law enforcement officers like assistant motor vehicle inspector, motor vehicle inspector and police personnel of sub inspector and above ranking, to compound offences under the new Act, will be issued

in few days.

“We are waiting for a notification on delegating powers to law enforcement officers under new rules which will be issued by next week without which no enforcement can be done but before that we will brief the government for appropriate decision on implementing the new Act in the current situation as COVID-19 cases and deaths are on the rise,” a transport

official said. 

A RTO source told this daily that the office is making itself ready for the new fines and is at present updating database and records, thereby, preparing for the new entries.

Under the new MV Act, if someone is found in violation of the Act, for example, if someone is driving without a valid license will have to pay a fine of 

Rs 2,500. 

Under the Act, motorists can be fined up to Rs 5,000 for jumping red light, using cellphone while driving, overtaking wrongly or driving against the flow of traffic. According to section 194C of the law, more than two persons riding a two-wheeler are liable to be fined Rs 1,000. Earlier, the fine would be Rs 100.

Similarly, driving without wearing the seat belt or not wearing helmet, which earlier invited a fine of Rs 100, will now attract a fine of Rs 1,000. Driving under the influence of alcohol will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000 and not giving way to ambulances or fire brigade will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000.

A new section 199 A has been introduced, according to which if a juvenile is caught driving a vehicle, his guardian and the owner of the vehicle would be deemed guilty and would have to pay steep fine of Rs 25,000, with imprisonment up to three years, and also the registration of the vehicle will also

be cancelled.