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Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 Complete Act - Bare Act

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Act Info:
Preamble1 - MOTOR VEHICLES ACT, 1988
Chapter 1
Section1 - Short title, extent and commencement
Section2 - Definitions
Chapter 2
Section3 - Necessity for driving licence
Section4 - Age limit in connection with driving of motor vehicles
Section5 - Responsibility of owners of motor vehicles for contravention of sections 3 and 4
Section6 - Restrictions on the holding of driving licences
Section7 - Restrictions on the granting of learner's licences for certain vehicles
Section8 - Grant of learner's licence
Section9 - Grant of driving licence
Section10 - Form and contents of licences to drive
Section11 - Additions to driving licence
Section12 - Licensing and regulation of schools or establishments for imparting instruction in driving of motor vehicles
Section13 - Extent of effectiveness of licences, to drive motor vehicles
Section14 - Currency of licences to drive motor vehicles
Section15 - Renewal of driving licences
Section16 - Revocation of driving licence on grounds of disease or disability
Section17 - Orders refusing or revoking driving licences and appeals therefrom
Section18 - Driving licences to drive motor vehicles, belonging to the Central Government
Section19 - Power of licensing authority to disqualify from holding a driving licence or revoke such licence
Section20 - Power of court to disqualify
Section21 - Suspension of driving licence in certain cases
Section22 - Suspension or cancellation of driving licence on conviction
Section23 - Effect of disqualification order
Section24 - Endorsement
Section25 - Transfer of endorsement and issue of driving licence free from endorsement
Section26 - Maintenance of State Registers of Driving Licences
Section27 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Section28 - Power of State Government to make rules
Chapter 3
Section29 - Necessity for conductor's licence
Section30 - Grant of conductor's licence
Section31 - Disqualifications for the grant of conductor's licence
Section32 - Revocation of a conductor's licence on grounds of disease or disability
Section33 - Orders refusing etc., conductor's licences and appeals therefrom
Section34 - Power of licensing authority to disqualify
Section35 - Power of court to disqualify
Section36 - Certain provisions of Chapter II to apply to conductor's licence
Section37 - Savings
Section38 - Power of State Government to make rules
Chapter 4
Section39 - Necessity for registration
Section40 - Registration, where to be made
Section41 - Registration, how to be made
Section42 - Special provision for registration of motor vehicles of diplomatic officers,etc.
Section43 - Temporary registration
Section44 - Production of vehicle at the time of registration
Section45 - Refusal of registration or renewal of the certificate of registration
Section46 - Effectiveness in India of registration
Section47 - Assignment of new registration mark on removal to another State
Section48 - No objection certificate
Section49 - Change of residence or place of business
Section50 - Transfer of ownership
Section51 - Special provisions regarding motor vehicle subject to hire purchase agreement, etc.
Section52 - Alteration in motor vehicle
Section53 - Suspension of registration
Section54 - Cancellation of registration suspended under section 53
Section55 - Cancellation of registration
Section56 - Certificate of fitness of transport vehicles
Section57 - Appeals
Section58 - Special provisions in regard to transport vehicles
Section59 - Power to fix the age limit of motor vehicle
Section60 - Registration of vehicles belonging to the Central Government
Section61 - Application of Chapter to trailers
Section62 - Information regarding stolen and recovered motor vehicles to be furnished by the police to the State Transport Authority
Section63 - Maintenance of State Registers of Motor Vehicles
Section64 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Section65 - Power of State Government to make rules
Chapter 5
Section66 - Necessity for permits
Section67 - Power to State Government to control road transport
Section68 - Transport Authorities
Section69 - General provision as to applications for permits
Section70 - Application for stage carriage permit
Section71 - Procedure of Regional Transport Authority in considering application for stage carriage permit
Section72 - Grant of stage carriage permit
Section73 - Application for contract carriage permit
Section74 - Grant of contract carriage permit
Section75 - Scheme for renting of motor cabs
Section76 - Application for private service vehicle permit
Section77 - Application for goods carriage permit
Section78 - Consideration of application for goods carriage permit
Section79 - Grant of goods carriage permit
Section80 - Procedure in applying for and granting permits
Section81 - Duration and renewal of permits
Section82 - Transfer of permit
Section83 - Replacement of vehicles
Section84 - General conditions attaching to all permits
Section85 - General form of permits
Section86 - Cancellation and suspension of permits
Section87 - Temporary permits
Section88 - Validation of permits for use outside region in which granted
Section89 - Appeals
Section90 - Revision
Section91 - Restriction of hours of work of drivers
Section92 - Voidance of contracts restrictive of liability
Section93 - Agent or canvasser to obtain licence
Section94 - Bar on jurisdiction of Civil Courts
Section95 - Power of State Government to make rules as to stage carriages and contract carriages
Section96 - Power of State Government to make rules for the purposes of this Chapter
Chapter 6
Section97 - Definition
Section98 - Chapter to override Chapter V and other laws
Section99 - Preparation and publication of proposal regarding road transport service of a State Transport Undertaking
Section100 - Objection to the proposal
Section101 - Operation of additional services by a State Transport undertaking in certain circumstances
Section102 - Cancellation or modification of scheme
Section103 - Issue of permits to State Transport Undertakings
Section104 - Restriction on grant of permits in respect of a notified area or notified route
Section105 - Principles and method of determining compensation and payment thereof
Section106 - Disposal of article found in vehicles
Section107 - Power of State Government to make rules
Section108 - Certain powers of State Government exercisable by the Central Government
Chapter 7
Section109 - General provision regarding construction and maintenance of vehicles
Section110 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Section111 - Power of State Government to make rules
Section112 - Limits of speed
Section113 - Limits of weight and limitations on use
Section114 - Power to have vehicle weighed
Section115 - Power to restrict the use of vehicles
Section116 - Power to erect traffic signs
Section117 - Parking places and halting stations
Section118 - Driving regulations
Section119 - Duty to obey traffic signs
Section120 - Vehicles with left hand control
Section121 - Signals and signalling devices
Section122 - Leaving vehicle in dangerous position
Section123 - Riding on running board, etc.
Section124 - Prohibition against travelling without pass or ticket
Section125 - Obstruction of driver
Section126 - Stationary vehicles
Section127 - Removal of motor vehicles abandoned or left unattended on a public place
Section128 - Safety measures for drivers and pillion riders
Section129 - Wearing of protective headgear
Section130 - Duty to produce licence and certificate of registration
Section131 - Duty of the driver to take certain precautions at unguarded railway level crossings
Section132 - Duty of driver to stop in certain cases
Section133 - Duty of owner of motor vehicle to give information
Section134 - Duty of driver in case of accident and injury to a person
Section135 - Schemes to be framed for the investigation of accident cases and wayside amenities, etc
Section136 - Inspection of vehicle involved in accident
Section137 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Section138 - Power of State Government to make rules
Chapter 9
Section139 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Chapter 10
Section140 - Liability to pay compensation in certain cases on the principle of no fault
Section141 - Provisions as to other right to claim compensation for death or permanent disablement
Section142 - Permanent disablement
Section143 - Applicability of Chapter to certain claims under Act 8 of 1923
Section144 - Overriding effect
Chapter 11
Section145 - Definitions
Section146 - Necessity for insurance against third party risk
Section147 - Requirements of policies and limits of liability
Section148 - Validity of policies of insurance issued in reciprocating countries
Section149 - Duty of insurers to satisfy judgments and awards against persons insured in respect of third party risks
Section150 - Rights of third parties against insurers on insolvency of the insured
Section151 - Duty to give information as to insurance
Section152 - Settlement between insurers and insured persons
Section153 - Saving in respect of sections 150, 151 and 152
Section154 - Insolvency of insured persons not to affect liability of insured or claims by third parties
Section155 - Effect of death on certain causes of action
Section156 - Effect of certificate of insurance
Section157 - Transfer of certificate of insurance
Section158 - Production of certain certificates, licence and permit in certain cases
Section159 - Production of certificate of insurance on application for authority to use vehicle
Section160 - Duty to furnish particulars of vehicle involved in accident
Section161 - Special provisions as to compensation in case of hit and run motor accident
Section162 - Refund in certain cases of compensation paid under section 161
Section163 - Scheme for payment of compensation in case of hit and run motor accidents
Section163A - Special provisions as to payment of compensation on structured formula basis
Section163B - Option to file claim in certain cases
Section164 - Power of Central Government to make rules
Chapter 12
Section165 - Claims Tribunals
Section166 - Application for compensation
Section167 - Option regarding claims for compensation in certain cases
Section168 - Award of the Claims Tribunal
Section169 - Procedure and powers of Claims Tribunals
Section170 - Impleading insurer in certain cases
Section171 - Award of interest where any claim is allowed
Section172 - Award of compensatory costs in certain cases
Section173 - Appeals
Section174 - Recovery of money from insurer as arrear of land revenue
Section175 - Bar on jurisdiction of Civil Courts
Section176 - Power of State Government to make rules
Chapter 13
Section177 - General provision for punishment of offences
Section178 - Penalty for travelling without pass or ticket and for dereliction of duty on the part of conductor and refusal to ply contract carriage etc.
Section179 - Disobedience of orders, obstruction and refusal of information
Section180 - Allowing unauthorised persons to drive vehicles
Section181 - Driving vehicles in contravention of section 3 or section 4
Section182 - Offences relating to licences
Section182A - Punishment for offences relating to construction and maintenance of vehicles
Section183 - Driving at excessive speed, etc.
Section184 - Driving dangerously
Section185 - Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs
Section186 - Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive
Section187 - Punishment for offences relating to accident
Section188 - Punishment for abetment of certain offences
Section189 - Racing and trials of speed
Section190 - Using vehicle in unsafe condition
Section191 - Sale of vehicle in or alteration of vehicle to condition contravening this Act
Section192 - Using vehicle without registration
Section192A - Using vehicle without permit
Section193 - Punishment of agents and canvassers without proper authority
Section194 - Driving vehicle exceeding permissible weight
Section195 - Imposition of minimum fine under certain circumstances
Section196 - Driving uninsured vehicle
Section197 - Taking vehicle without authority
Section198 - Unauthorised interference with vehicle
Section199 - Offences by companies
Section200 - Composition of certain offences
Section201 - Penalty for causing obstruction to free flow of traffic
Section202 - Power to arrest without warrant
Section203 - Breath tests
Section204 - Laboratory test
Section205 - Presumption of unfitness to drive
Section206 - Power of police officer to impound document
Section207 - Power to detain vehicles used without certificate of registration permit, etc.
Section208 - Summary disposal of cases
Section209 - Restriction on conviction
Section210 - Courts to send intimation about conviction
Chapter 14
Section211 - Power to levy fee
Section212 - Publication, commencement and laying of rules and notifications
Section213 - Appointment of motor vehicles officers
Section214 - Effect of appeal and revision on orders passed by original authority
Section215 - Road Safety Councils and Committees
Section216 - Power to remove difficulties
Section217 - Repeal and savings
Section217A - Renewal of permits, driving licences and registration granted under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939

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