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.
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.