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Section 187 Of The Motor Vehicle Act

Section 187 of the Motor Vehicle Act states the punishment for offences relating to an accident. Majority of the road accidents occur due to negligent driving or failure to follow traffic safety regulations. Under Section 187 MV Act, it is punishable if the vehicle owner refuses to cooperate with the police officer in authority in the event of an accident. Similarly, certain other provisions are also included under this section. If you are not aware of the offences and punishments included under Section 187 of the Motor Vehicle Act, here is everything you should know about.

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Punishment for Offences Relating to Accident Under Section 187

Most road accidents are caused due to negligence while driving or failing to comply with traffic safety regulations. To tackle this issue, the government of India made amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act which are more stringent and impose heavy punishment on those violating them. Section 187 of the MV Act states the punishment for offences relating to an accident, which are:

  • Under Sub-Section 133 r/w Section 187

If the driver or conductor of the motor vehicle is accused of an offence under the MV Act, and the owner of the vehicle does not cooperate with the police officer in authority to provide details (such as name and address) of the accused, then they will be punished under this section.

  • Under Sub-Section 134 r/w Section 187

When someone is injured, or any third-party property is damaged in a motor vehicle accident, the driver or the person in charge of the vehicle is punishable if they:

  • Do not provide medical aid to the victim of the accident.

  • Do not provide details of the accident on demand by a police officer or report the incident at the nearest police station.

  • Do not provide details of the accident to the insurer.

Now that you know what Section 187 of the Motor Vehicles Act is, let us proceed to the punishment under it.

Punishments Under Section 187 MV Act

If you fail to comply with Section 187 of the MV Act, then you will have to face the following punishment:

  • For Sub-Section 133 r/w Section 187

A penalty of up to ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment for six months for the first offence. A penalty of up to ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment for one year for a subsequent offence.

  • For Sub-Section 134 r/w Section 187

A penalty of ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment for six months for the first offence. A penalty of up to ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment for one year for a subsequent offence.

Bottom Line

Complying with the traffic safety rules is vital for the safety of yourself as well as others on the road. In case of an accident, it is necessary that you inform the nearest police station and your insurer. That way, if your vehicle has suffered any damage, the insurer will investigate the situation and compensate you for the loss incurred.

However, if you are found guilty under the MV Act, you not only have to pay the fines and face imprisonment, but the insurer will also not compensate for the loss incurred. The damage expenses will have to be borne from your pocket.

Driving without a third-party insurance policy is also a punishable crime. It protects you against third-party liabilities in the event of an accident. At Bajaj Markets, we offer a wide range of third-party and comprehensive motor insurance policies that provide maximum coverage at feasible rates.

FAQs on Section 187 MV Act

  • ✔️What is the fine under Section 187 of MVA 2019?

    Under Section 187 of the new Motor Vehicles Act, 2019, a fine of ₹5,000 and/or imprisonment of six months is applicable. For a subsequent offence, a penalty of ₹10,000 and/or imprisonment of one year is applicable.

  • ✔️What is the Section 181 MV Act?

    Under Section 181 of the Motor Vehicles Act, driving without holding a valid driving licence and driving a vehicle while being a minor is punishable with imprisonment and/or a hefty penalty. You can read more about Section 181 of the MV Act on our platform!

  • ✔️Is driving without a motor insurance plan allowed?

    No. To drive your vehicle legally on Indian roads, you must have an active third-party insurance to avoid a hefty fine.

  • ✔️Is comprehensive motor insurance compulsory?

    No. Comprehensive motor insurance is an optional plan that you can purchase to financially secure your own vehicle against damage and loss. Read about comprehensive motor insurance on our platform now!

  • ✔️What is the new Motor Vehicles Act, 2019?

    The new Motor Vehicles Act, 2019 was introduced to amend the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and introduce new traffic rules for road safety. Along with hefty penalties for violating traffic rules, the act introduced new rules related to the grants of licences and permits and vehicle fitness standards.

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