Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act

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Worndering what Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act is? First you need to know about Motor Vehicle Act. The motor vehicle act is the definitive guideline for traffic and road rules along with administering penalties and punishments for violations of several types.

Learning more about Section 184 of Motor Vehicle Act

The MV Act has been extensively modified and re-examined, taking into account increasing instances of traffic-linked violations countrywide. The entire structure of penalties has become more stringent after the amendment in 2019. All vehicle owners are now required to carry documents like their insurance papers, registration certificate and driving license. Here is a brief insight into Section 184 of the Indian motor vehicle act.

The Indian Government has also amended some parts of the Dangerous Driving section under the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act. Driving vehicles above the speed limit in a way which is dangerous for other persons is punishable and may lead to imprisonment for certain periods. Fines may be around Rs. 5,000 with the minimum amount being Rs. 1,000 for the first offence with imprisonment extended till one year. For any second offence within three years of the first one, the imprisonment term will be extended up to two years and Rs. 10,000 as the fine.

KNOW MORE : Updated List of Rules for Traffic Violations and Fines in India

Section 184 of Motor Vehicle Act Provisions

Here are some of the key provisions mentioned in Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Dangerous driving fines are up to Rs. 5,000 and imprisonment for a year as mentioned. The fine was earlier Rs. 1,000 with imprisonment for six months.

Anybody charged with the following will have to pay Rs. 10,000 as the fine-

  • Violating the stop signal.
  • Jumping any red light.
  • Using mobile phones/devices while driving.
  • Overtaking any vehicle wrongfully.
  • Driving recklessly.
  • Driving against any authorized flow of traffic.

Getting third party motor vehicle insurance is also mandatory as you already know. This is one of the rules mandated by the Government. Many also opt for comprehensive coverage to ensure that they are financially covered for any damages to their vehicles. This is the 184 Section of the Motor Vehicles Act that people should never forget.

Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act 

Now that you have a brief idea about Section 184, how about learning a little more about Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act? Here are some salient points that you should keep in mind:

Section 185 begins with addressing driving by any drunken individual or an individual under the influence of drugs.

It states that whichever person trying to drive or driving any vehicle, if he or she has blood alcohols surpassing 30 mg for each 100 ml of blood (as found in the test through a breath analyzer) or is under the influence of any drug to a level which makes him or her unfit to properly control the vehicle, shall face stringent punishment.

The first offence is punishable with imprisonment for a tenure which may go up to six months. There may also be a fine going up to Rs. 2,000.

Both these punishments may also be applicable in such cases as per the Act.

For any second or further offence, if repeated within a period of three years of the earlier one, may lead to imprisonment for a tenure going up to two years or with a fine which may increase to Rs. 3,000.

Both these punishments may also apply in such circumstances.

The drugs are specified by the Government in this case as those which make people unfit to properly control their vehicles.

In a nutshell 

This is why police personnel conduct blood tests with breathalyzers at night to check whether motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol or even drugs. Drunk driving is a strict no-no. You should always refrain from this practice by all means. It is not only a punishable offence but is also unsafe for you and your co-passengers, the condition of your vehicle and the safety of others who are on the road.

India witnesses a high number of road accidents throughout the year which turn out to be fatal in many cases.

Many of these instances happen due to driving under the influence of alcohol. Hence, people should exercise caution and restraint while driving. If you are going to any party or are planning to consume liquor, make sure that you are not driving that day. It will not hurt to pay for a cab or look for other transportation or even let someone else drive, who is sober. Remember that your life is more precious than saving some money or getting into the car for the thrill of it. You should also stay in the loop about the fines and charges under Sections 184 and 185. The penalties have gone up in recent times and you should be careful to maintain road and traffic rules without over-speeding, breaking stop signals or driving dangerously. Always remember that rules exist for a purpose.

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