The government has recently made changes to the 30-year old Motor Vehicle Act to improve the traffic safety rules by making them more stringent. It has also changed the penalty structure by imposing hefty fines on any accountable offence under the same.
The heftier fines include a huge compensation of up to INR 5 lakh in case of death and INR 2.5 lakh in case of severe injuries due to road accidents. Moreover, if you do not give way to emergency vehicles it will cost you INR 10,000 and another INR 10,000 for driving despite license disqualification. The new Motor Vehicle Act, 2019, includes fines between the range of INR 1000 and INR 2000 for overspeeding.
However, these offences fall under different sections in the Motor Vehicle Act. In this article, we will be mainly focusing on Section 184 of Motor Vehicle Act.
Let us begin by understanding what Section 184 is all about.
Section 184 MV Act is imposed for driving dangerously. In other words, any individual is guilty for the offence if they drive or ride their vehicle at speed or in such a way that it puts other people’s lives in danger.
Here, the circumstances of the case include the weather condition, location where the vehicle is driven, and the traffic-like situation at the given time, are expected to be in place. In that situation, driving dangerously will attract punishments such as imprisonment or penalties.
If you are found guilty of the said offence, then you will be punishable under Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 2019.
The punishment imposed under the 184 MV Act includes imprisonment of up to six months, a penalty of INR 1000, or both for the first offence. While for the second or subsequent offence committed under the same will attract imprisonment of up to two years, a hefty penalty of INR 2000, or both.
Section 184 of the new Motor Vehicle Act is imposed only after certain circumstances are taken into consideration. However, in case you are driving dangerously when under the influence of intoxicants, you will also be punishable under Section 185 and will have to pay a penalty of INR 10,000 and imprisonment for a specific term.
On the other hand, in case you are speeding or racing your vehicle, you will be imprisoned for a specific term or have to pay a penalty of INR 5000 for the first offence and INR 10,000 for the subsequent ones.
The new Motor Vehicle Act was imposed to make the Indian roads safer to travel. The government officials believe that people will follow the law and order if they are forced to pay heftier fines for any minor error.
Along with Section 184, there has been a significant rise in the penalties charged for breaking any traffic safety rules. Going ahead, it is highly advisable to follow the traffic regulations so as to avoid paying a considerable amount for minute errors.