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Road traffic fines increased

Heavy fines for a number of motor traffic offences from today

The Gazette increasing the minimum fines imposed on several motor traffic offenses bill has been issued.

This is according to the recent amenments to the Motor Traffic Act chapter 203.

According to the new amendment fines for driving without a valid license,driving under the influence of liquor and drugs,driving over a railcrossing and driving without a valued insurance cover is increased upto Rs. 25,000.

A fine will be imposed for the contravention of the provision of driving without a valid driving licence where according to the clause 2 of the Bill amends Section 123 of the Motor Traffic Act (Chapter 203) the legal effect of the amendment entitles a person to drive a light vehicle or a heavy vehicle after having attained the lawful age to drive such a vehicle.

New sections have been included that impose a penalty for driving at an excessive speed, crossing a railway crossing unsafely and for the prohibition of the use of mobile phones or any other movable communication equipment while driving.

As per the bill, “No person shall drive a motor vehicle on or across a railway crossing when the railway gate is closed disregarding the railway signal system or without obeying directions of an authorised officer, to likely endanger one’s own safety or that of any other person. “A person who contravenes these provisions shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not less than Rs 25000 and not exceeding Rs. 30000 and on a second conviction to a fine not less than Rs. 30000 and not exceeding Rs. 40000 and the suspension of his driving licence for a period of not exceeding six months, and on a third or subsequent conviction to a fine not less than Rs. 40000 and not exceeding Rs. 50000 and the suspension of his driving licence for a period not exceeding twelve months.”

Fine not less than Rs. 3000 and not exceeding Rs. 5000 have been imposed to the excess prescribed speed limit up to 20 percent, a fine not less than Rs. 5000 and exceeding Rs. 10000 to more than 20 percent and less than 30 percent of the prescribed speed limit, a fine not less than Rs. 10000 and not exceeding Rs. 15000 to more than 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the prescribed speed limit and
a fine not less than Rs 15000 and not exceeding Rs 25000 to more than 50 percent of the prescribed speed limit.

Amendments have been made to increase the fine prescribed for driving a motor vehicle after the consumption of alcohol or drugs, for driving a motor vehicle used for the carriage of persons for a fee after the consumption of alcohol or drugs, causing death of a person by driving a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol or drugs, and to further regulate the scope of the offence and to provide for the penalty of causing hurt or grievous injury to a person by driving a motor vehicle after the consumption of alcohol and drugs, driving recklessly or dangerously.