New Delhi: If you use a mobile or iPad while driving, beware. You
will have to cough up Rs.500 as penalty. And if the offence is repeated,
the fine may zoom to anything between Rs.2,000 and Rs.5,000.
desperate bid to arrest the mounting road accidents across the country,
the cabinet Thursday approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill of 2007 to
increase penalties manifold.
Drunken driving will now invite
fines ranging from Rs.2,000 to Rs.10,000 depending on the extent of
alcohol traced in the blood. In worst cases, it could lead to cancellation
of the driving licence.
"Enhanced penalties will act as a
deterrent and help discipline errant road users," Road Transport Minister
C.P. Joshi told IANS.
According to data with the ministry, the
number of people killed in road accidents in India rose from 1.25 lakh in
2009 to 1.34 lakh in 2010.
"If road users are disciplined, many
lives can be saved," said a ministry official.
Federation president K.K. Kapila told IANS: "We had been pushing for the
amendments for long… Finally the social debates and discussions on the
issue have borne fruit. I am sure the hiked penalties will prove a
deterrent to a major percentage of drivers."
In the first
category of drunk driving, 30-60 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood will
fetch six months in jail or Rs.2,000 as fine or both.
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 will lead
to three years in jail or Rs.8,000 as fine or both.
If there is
over 150 mg of alcohol per 100 ml in blood, the punishment will be two
years in jail or Rs.5,000 as fine or both.
A repeat offence in
this category will fetch four years in jail or Rs.10,000 as fine or both
-- or even cancellation of the driving licence.
The bill proposes
to punish motorists driving under the influence of narcotic substances.
first offence will lead to six months in jail or Rs.2,000 as fine or both.
A subsequent offence will lead to two years in jail or Rs.5,000 as fine or
The second offence under this category will invite jail for
six months or Rs.10,000 fine or both or cancellation of your licence.
case of a death in a road accident, the compensation is proposed to be
hiked from Rs.25,000 to Rs.1 lakh. In case of serious injury, compensation
will be Rs.50,000.
The amendment to the act will be presented in
the Rajya Sabha in the budget session starting March 12.