The Government just passed the revised Motor Vehicles Bill and paying off your challans is going to be even harder on your pocket. You are no longer going to get off easily if you break a traffic rule.

This new amendment in the Motor Vehicles Bill makes you more liable for not following traffic rules and regulations. While earlier you had to pay a maximum of ₹1,000 as the challan fee, it can now go as high as ₹10,000.

A lot of changes have been made to the existing driving norms. Here is a list of all the important rules that you would wish to know before taking your vehicle on the road.

  • The fine for drinking and driving has been raised to ₹10,000 from the earlier ₹2,000.

  • If you do not have a license while driving on the road, you will now need to pay ₹5,000 instead of ₹500.

  • In cases where a driving license is expired/revoked, a ₹10,000 penalty has been introduced.You cannot drive on the road if you do not have a permit from the authorities.

  • You will have to pay ₹10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles like the ambulance and the fire brigade.

  • A ₹1,000 fine will be collected from the drivers driving their cars without a seatbelt or above the allowed speed limit.

  • Talking on the phone while driving now attracts a penalty up to ₹5,000.

  • The compensation for the hit-and-run victims has been increased to ₹2 lakhs and above.

  • Driving without insurance will cost you ₹2,000.

  • If you are riding your two-wheeler without a helmet, it calls for a challan of ₹1,000 along with a 3-month suspension of driving license.

  • For juvenile accident cases, the parent/guardian will be held accountable and the charges will include a ₹25,000 fine, 3 years imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the vehicle.

  • If you disobey or argue with the authorities, you will have to pay ₹2,000 instead of the earlier ₹500.

  • The relevant contractors and civic-bodies will now be answerable for all accidents that happen due to faulty road design.

  • All the road users will now get a compulsary insurance for certain accidents. However, there is a cap of six-months time on claims.

  • Car manufacturers will have to recall all engines and components that are faulty or sub-standard. A ₹500 crore fine is introduced for those who fail to do this.

  • Overloading of vehicles would call for a penalty of ₹20,000.

  • Aadhaar card has been made compulsary for issuing new driving licenses.

All these changes and hefty penalties have been introduced to make our roads safer. The number of road accidents have increased heavily and it is always a risk to drive on the road. The proposed bill was a pending necessity and the Government is trying to improve the condition of driving and safety on Indian roads.