Now Rs 5000 fine for mobile use while driving in India

New Delhi : In a bid to streamline implementation of traffic rules in the country, the cabinet Thursday approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2007 to increase penalties manifold.

According to official sources, in order to check use of mobile phones or ipads while driving, the first offence would invite a fine of Rs.500 and the second between Rs.2,000 and 5,000.

In order to curb drunken driving, the bill proposes three categories — and varying fines.

In the first category, 30-60 mg of alocohol per 100 ml of blood will fetch six months in jail or Rs.2,000 as fine or both.

In the second, 60-150 mg per of alcohol will invite one year in jail or Rs.4,000 as fine or both.

In the same category, a repeat offence would lad to three years in jail or Rs.8,000 as fine or both.

If there is over 150 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, the punishment would be two years in jail or Rs.5,000 as fine or both.

A repeat offence in this category would fetch four years in jail or Rs.10,000 as fine or both or even cancellation of the driving licence.

The bill has a category to punish traffic rule violators under the influence of narcotic substances.

The first offence would invite six months in jail or Rs.2,000 as fine or both while a subsequent offence would lead to two years in jail or Rs.5,000 as fine or both.

The second offence under this category would invite jail for six months or Rs.10,000 fine or both or canecllation licence.

In case of a death in a road accident, the compnesation is proposed to be hiked from Rs.25,000 to Rs.1 lakh. In case of serious injury, compensation would be Rs.50,000.

The amendment bill would be presented in the Rajya Sabha in the budget session starting March 12.

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  1. says: Akka

    Now the haftas will also increase manifold.
    Any thing is not being done to ease the life of people in this country.
    It is done to encourage loot and exhort money from the common people in this country.
    This means more money to chidu and his momma..

  2. says: Devinder K Sharma

    There generally is no dearth of the rules, laws and statutes in our country. What we dismally fail at is the actual implementation of the rules etc. The implementation machinery is generally considered the hand-maiden of those in high places and bearing influence – money, muscle and connections. In the developed world, law enforcement machinery is held in high esteem and feared by the erring individuals. The other important difference is that everybody, irrespective of his/her position, is equal before law and is dealt with as such. India is at the threshold of becoming a developed country and our polity and people need to graduate to those levels soon enough if we have to make a quicker and greater impact. As regards the enforcement of traffic rules in the country, take the example of Chandigarh. Rarely would one find a violation not being punished. Why can the police elsewhere not emulate the commitment of the traffic police enforcement of Chandigarh Traffic Police? Whereas the amendments may lead to some deterrence, these are also likely to raise the chances and scale of corruption in this sector. What we, therefore, need is a cultural change in the enforcement machinery to carry through the spirit of these amendments. Also, because all these violations can, many a time, lead to serious accidents, it should be considered to suspend the driving license of the offender for a period of not less than a year or two.

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