Supreme Court says road traffic offences can be prosecuted under the Indian Penal Code also

Supreme Court has ruled that
road traffic offences can be
prosecuted under the Motor
Vehicles Act as well as the
Indian Penal Code (IPC). The
apex court also set aside a
Gauhati High Court order to
prosecute offenders of road
accidents under motor
vehicle act only.

The punishment for offenders
of motor vehicle accidents
under the IPC is stricter
compared to the Motor
Vehicles Act.

A bench comprising Justices Indu
Malhotra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna said the sentence
imposed by courts should be
commensurate with the
seriousness of the offence
and should have a deterring
effect on wrongdoers.