Motor Vehicles Act 2019: Not Wearing a Rear Seat Belt May Attract Fine in Chandigarh
Till now, there was no fine for people sitting on the rear seat, without wearing a belt. However, now the fine for the same offence has been enhanced to Rs 1,000.
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The strict actions and increased fine amounts under the currently amended Motor vehicles Act have led to much turmoil. It has brought in many worries for the people in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, not just for drivers, but also for passengers. According to a Tribune report, driving across the city with passengers not wearing a belt while sitting on the rear seat might invite a fine of Rs 1,000. This fine comes in action as the UT traffic police are mulling over imposing a penalty on such violators.
Interestingly, while the provision already exists in the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, it was never enforced in the union territory, till now. Till now, there was no fine for people sitting on the rear seat, without wearing a belt. However, the fine for not wearing a seat belt while riding a vehicle has been enhanced to Rs 1,000. This came into effect after the amendment made in the MV Act, which was implemented on September 1. Surprisingly, a lot of people are not aware that the police had the power to impose a fine for this violation.
As a result, in the past two days, the traffic police received several queries from people. They were not aware that the provision to issue a challan for such violation existed in the MV Act. Talking to the Tribune, Shashank Anand, SSP (Traffic), said the traffic police would soon run an awareness campaign to sensitise people to the importance of wearing a seat belt even for passengers sitting on the rear seats. It is important to notice that as per the amended MV Act, it has been made mandatory for children aged 14 and above to wear seat belts.
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