Changing car colour likely to be legalized in India

Changing your car’s colour will no more be illegal. The ministry of road transport and highways has put forth a proposal to allow four-wheeler owners to change the original colour of their car. A draft cabinet note from the ministry has been released amending the Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) 1988.

There is, however, a catch to this proposal. The owner will be required to get the colour-change endorsed on the vehicle’s registration certificate. The go-ahead for permitting change in car colour has been part of recommendations given by the Sundar Committee on Transport. The committee was set up to review sections of the MVA since it is illegal to change the colour of your car from what is already recorded on the registration document.

The government also plans to double or treble the amount of fine payable for offences such as speeding and jumping traffic lights – a move meant to make Indian roads safer.

“The amount payable for offences such as speeding, crossing the stop line and jumping the light, etc will be doubled or trebled if the proposal is approved,” a senior government official associated with the process has been quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Penalty for talking on the mobile phone will also be brought under the legal ambit by amending Section 177 of the MVA, entailing a fine amounting to almost Rs. 2,000.

The proposal is also keen on imposing a ban on the use of devices such as Bluetooth headsets and iPods while driving. Conforming to the recommendation of the committee, unauthorized persons driving a vehicle will be forced to shell out heavy penalties and could even invite serious legal consequences.

Driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while being mentally unfit, driving without a licence (number) plate are offences which will likely invite imprisonment. Deaths caused due to drunken driving will be considered culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the proposal as reported in a Financial Express article.

On the other hand, causing an accident would be treated as a premeditated crime instead of being seen as rash and negligent driving once the amendment passed in the Parliament.