Know All About The New Traffic Rules & Violations In India
The Union Cabinet approved some changes in Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, which was pending for approval in Rajya Sabha at 16th Lok Sabha term-end. The proposals are based on the suggestions of transport ministers from 18 states and further concluded by the standing committee of the parliament.
You can be penalized for jumping the red light, hindering emergency vehicles, driving without a helmet or driving without the seat belt on, caught without insurance certificate or pollution check, over speeding, improper or obstructive parking, etc. Rules violation can be any while driving. Don’t get surprised if you are stopped by the police and overcharged on a traffic rules violation. The new traffic rules bill says a lot about amendments done on it. The approval on traffic rules bill aims to tackle the pertaining road safety issues. Some strict provisions have been proposed for some offenses like- drunk driving, rash driving, over speeding or overloading, etc.
New penalty amounts under Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 from September 1
Old fines (INR)
Revised fines (INR)
Violation of Roads Regulation
500 to 1,000
Disobedience of orders of Authority and refusal to share information
Unauthorize use of Vehicle without Driving license
Driving without license
Driving without Vehicle Insurance
Fine of Rs. 1,000 and/or punishment up to 3 months
Rs. 2,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the first offence and fine of Rs. 4,000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months for the second offence.
Driving Despite Disqualification
Rs 1000 - Rs 2,000 for light motor vehicle, Rs 2,000 - Rs 4,000 for medium passenger or goods vehicles and impounding of driving license for second/subsequent offence.
Imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year and/or fine of Rs. 1,000- Rs. 5,000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine up to Rs. 10,000 for second offence.
Drink & Driving
Imprisonment up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 10,000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs. 15,000 for second offence.
Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive for
Rs 200 for first offense, Rs 500 for second/subsequent offense
First offence - Rs. 1,000 and second/subsequent offence - Rs.2,000
Offences relating to accident
Imprisonment of up to 6 months and/or fine up to Rs. 5,000 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs. 10,000 for second offence.
Speeding or Racing
Imprisonment of up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs. 500 for first offence and imprisonment up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs. 10,000 for second offence.
Seizing other's vehicle forcefully without any lawful authority
Causing obstructions in free flowing traffic
Traveling without Ticket
Driving without helmet
1,000 and disqualification of driving license for 3 months
Driving without seatbelts
Oversized vehicle rule
Not giving way to emergency vehicles
Overloading in 2 wheeler
2,000 and disqualification of the license of 3 months
Offences by juveniles
Guardian deemed guilty- a fine of 25000 INR, 3 years imprisonment, cancellation of vehicle registration & will go under juvenile trail
Offences related to accidents
5,000/ imprisonment of upto 6 months
Source: Transport Ministry's press release
Apart from proposing heavy violation charges on the rule-breaker, the amendments done in new traffic violation bill aims to strengthen the public transport and will ultimately help to curb the corruption. Never ever fulfil any illegal monetary demand made by traffic police or try to bribe them.
In case if any challan is issued to you, ensure that it contains the following details-
- Name and Address of the court
- Date of trial
- Details of the violation
- Vehicle details
- Name of the Challan Officer
- Place and time details where the incident has happened
- Name and address of the offender
Apart from all the revised Traffic Violation fines, the law is also expected to make new motor registration process a little easy. Reduction in human interference and computerization of licence can help in identifying multiple and fake issued licences in the market. At the same time, carrying driving related documents in digilocker is a good option and is accepted legally in India. It will be enough and will save you from carrying physical documents along.