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The traffic fines have been increased in India. This is part of the new motor vehicles amendment act, which came into effect from the 1st of September 2019. According to the revised motor vehicles act, all traffic fines across the country have been increased significantly.
The increased fines have been implemented to reduce traffic violations among motorists, while also help improve road safety across the country. The traffic police department across all states in India, will soon receive an upgrade to their equipment. This will help them handle the new fines imposed.
Here are the details of what the revised fines are:
1. Motorists found driving under the influence of alcohol will now be fined Rs 10,000 as opposed to the previous Rs 2,000 fine. Also, they could be put behind bars for a period of six months to a year.
2. If the motorist is driving without a licence, they will be penalised with a fine between Rs 500 and Rs 5,000 depending on the vehicle.
3. If found over-speeding, it will cost drivers a penalty from up to Rs 400 to Rs 4,000 depending upon the type of vehicle and impounding of the vehicle in case of repeated offences.
4. Dangerous or rash driving will get the motorist penalised with imprisonment for a period of either six months or a year, along with a fine of Rs 1000 or Rs 5000. Repeat offenders will get an imprisonment of 2 years and a fine of up to Rs 10,0000.
5. If the vehicle is uninsured, the driver will be fined either Rs 1,000 and/or punishment of up to 3 months or Rs 2,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months for the first offence. If the offence is repeated twice, the fine will be hiked by Rs 4,000 and/or 3 months imprisonment.
6. Not wearing a helmet will cost you dearly with Rs 1,000 for both rider and the pillion with cancellation of licence for 3 months.
7. Driving without wearing a seat-belt will get the motorist penalised for Rs 1,000.
8. If any two-wheeler is found carrying more than 2 people, the rider will be penalised for Rs 2,000, and cancellation of licence for three months.
Other traffic violations include - talking on the phone while driving, overloading of four-wheelers, not giving way to the ambulance among others.
Thoughts About New Vehicle Amendment With Revised Fines
India should not use the fear of paying hefty fines as a reason to follow traffic rules, it should be done proactively keep in mind the safety of all motorists travelling on Indian roads. Only then our roads will be much safer to travel. However, these fines should encourage motorists to follow rules and avoid paying hefty fines.