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The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 was published on 9th August 2019. The Act provides for grant of licenses and permits related to motor vehicles, standards for motor vehicles, and penalties for violation of these provisions. Few provisions are:


Compensation for road accident victims

Minimum Compensation payable to Accident victims increased


Compulsory insurance

The Act requires the central government to constitute a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, to provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India. It will be utilised for:

(i) treatment of persons injured in road accidents as per the golden hour scheme,

(ii) compensation to representatives of a person who died in a hit and run accident,

(iii) compensation to a person grievously hurt in a hit and run accident, and

(iv) compensation to any other persons as prescribed by the central government.

Good samaritans

The Act defines a good samaritan as a person who renders emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a victim at the scene of an accident. Such a person will not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury to or death of an accident victim, caused due to their negligence in providing assistance to the victim.

Recall of vehicles

The Act has provision to allow the central government to order for recall of motor vehicles if a defect in the vehicle may cause damage to the environment, or the driver, or other road users.


National Transportation Policy

The central government may develop a National Transportation Policy, in consultation with state governments


Road Safety Board

The Act has provision for for a National Road Safety Board, to be created by the central government through a notification.


Offences and Increase in Penalties

The Bill increases penalties for several offences under the Act.

Provisions in the Act are:


NO. 32 OF 2019 [9th August, 2019.]
An Act further to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Section 1, 2, 2b, 8, 9, 10 of MV Act

Section 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 25A of MV Act

Section 26, 27, 28, 40, 41, 43 of MV Act

Section 44, 49, 52, 55, 56, 59 of MV Act

Section 62a, 62b, 63, 64, 65, 66 MV Act

Section 66A, 66B, 67, 72, 74, 88a of MV Act

Section 92, 93, 94, 96, 110, 110A, 110B

Section 92, 93, 94, 96, 110, 110A, 110B

Section 114, 116, 117, 129, 134a, 135

Section 136A, 137, 138, 145, 146 of MV Act

Section 147, 148, 149, 150 of MV Act

Section 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156

Section 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162

Section 163, 164, 164A, 164B, 164C

Section 165, 166, 168, 169, 170, 173

Section 177A,178,179, 180, 181, 182ABC

Section 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 189

Section 190, 192, 192A, 192B, 193

194, 194A, 194B, 194C, 194D, 194E, 194F

Section 196, 197, 198, 199A, 199B MV Act

Section 200, 201, 206 of Motor Vehicles Act

Section 210A, 210B, 210C, 210D, 211A

Section 212, 215A, 215B, 215C and 215D

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