Indian Bare Acts

THE MOTOR VEHICLES ACT, 1939

Title : THE MOTOR VEHICLES ACT, 1939

Year : 1939



Every motor vehicle shall be so constructed and so maintained as to be at all times under the effective control of the person driving the vehicle. 

69A. 1*Vehicles to have right hand control.

Every motor vehicle shall be so constructed as to have right hand steering control unless it is equipped with a mechanical or electrical signalling device of a prescribed nature.]

69B. 2*Power of Central Government to make rules.

(1) The Central Government may make rules regulating the construction, equipment and maintenance of motor vehicles and trailers with respect to any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) The width, height, length and overhang of vehicles and of the loads carried;

(b) The size, nature and condition of tyres.

(2) Rules may be made under sub-section (1) governing the matters mentioned therein either generally in respect of motor vehicles or trailers or in respect of motor vehicles or trailers of a particular class or in particular circumstances.]

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1 Ins. by Act 56 of 1969, s. 47 (w.e.f. 2-3-1970).

2 Ins. by Act 47 of 1982, S. 8 (w.e.f. 10-12-1982).

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(1) A State Government may make rules regulating the construction, equipment and maintenance of motor vehicles and trailers. 1*[with respect to all matters other than the matters referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 69B]

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, rules may be made under this section governing any of the following matters either generally in respect of motor vehicles or trailers or in respect of motor vehicles or trailers of a particular class or in particular circumstances, namely:-

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(b) Seating arrangements in public service vehicles and the protection of passengers against the weather; 1* * * *

(d) Brakes and steering gear;

(e) The use of safety glass ;

(f) Signalling appliances, lamps and reflectors;

(g) Speed governors;

(h) The emission of smoke, visible vapour, sparks, ashes, grit or oil;

(i) The reduction of noise emitted by or caused by vehicles;

(j) Prohibiting or restricting the use of audible signals at certain times or in certain places;

(k) Prohibiting the carrying of appliances likely to cause annoyance or danger;  

(l) The periodical testing and inspection of vehicles by prescribed authorities ;

(m) The particulars other than registration marks to be exhibited by vehicles and the manner in which they shall be exhibited; and

(n) The use of trailers with motor vehicles.

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1 Ins. & Omitted by s. 9, ibid. (w.e.f. 10-12-1982).

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