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A resident of Delhi has been fined a massive Rs 23,000 for riding a scooter without wearing a helmet, for missing documents, and bunch of other violations.
Mr Dinesh Madan, a resident of Geeta Colony in East Delhi, was issued the challan on Monday. The challan was issued by the Gurugram Police for not carrying his drivers license, certificate of registration, and the (PUC) pollution-under-control certificate.
According to the challan copy, Mr Madan was fined Rs 5,000 for not carrying his drivers license, Rs 5,000 for not carrying the certificate or registration, Rs 2,000 for invalid third party insurance, Rs 10,000 for violating air pollution standards, and Rs 1,000 for not wearing a helmet.
The Traffic Officer at the location said that Mr Madan wasn't wearing his helmet, was stopped by the on-duty traffic cop, was unable to produce documents when asked, and was issued the challan.
Mr Madan however, is convinced that he has not violated traffic rules, and that the police issued a big fine for no reason. According to him it was impossible to produce the required documents within 10 minutes, and that the Rs 1,000 charged for not wearing a helmet was uncalled for, although he did admit that he was not wearing one.
Mr Madan claims that the traffic police asked him for his scooter keys, and printed the challan immediately after he refused to hand over the keys. He also claims that he had a copy of the certificate of registration on WhatsApp but it was too late, the traffic police already printed the challan for Rs 23,000.
The gentleman from East Delhi claims that his scooter is worth Rs 15,000, and that the fines could have been lesser if the police waited while has asked family to send pictures of the documents. He also requested for the fines to be reduced.
The government's Motor (Amended) Vehicles Act has been in effect since 1 September and the revised fines are much steeper than what they were. The law aims to change road behaviour and improve safety. To know more about the Motor (Amended) Vehicles Act and revised fines, click here.
Thoughts About The Challan Worth Rs 23,000
We are elated with the amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act. An increase in penalties was long overdue. A majority of Indian motorists have a ‘the law does not apply to me' attitude. Whats worse it that they violate more laws if they're told nicely.
Kudos to the government and the traffic police. Our bets are that Pune will collect the largest amount of fines. And we cannot understand why Mr Madan thinks he hasn't violated any traffic laws. For real?