The 2019 Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill was recently passed in the Rajya Sabha

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The bill is aimed at weeding out corruption, improving road safety and promote the use of more technology to regulate traffic

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It was made in consultation with transport ministers from 18 states along with discussion with other standing committees

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The bill will be now sent again to the Lok Sabha for scrutiny and then sent to the President of India for final ratification

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Here are the important amendments:

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1. It looks to increase the traffic fines significantly

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The rise in fines are:

No helmet – From ₹ 100 to ₹ 1000

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Using mobile phone while driving – From ₹ 500 to ₹ 5000

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Drunk and drive – From ₹ 2000 to ₹ 10000

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2. The bill speaks about automated fitness tests for vehicles for determining its the road worthiness

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3. Under the provisions of the new bill, the central government could create a National Road Safety Board through a notification

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4. The bill also includes provisions for cashless treatment of road accident victims during the golden hours.

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5. The bill will also look at developing an integrated transport system from the National Transportation Policy

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According to a government report, road accidents in India killed between 1.46-1.5 lakh people every year between 2015-2017

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