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Breaking Traffic Rules? Penalties Are Getting Even Stricter

Ignorance is not bliss anymore. Breaking traffic rules in the country is something which is being taken very seriously. With new laws that are even more stringent coming into effect, the nation along with its law enforcement agencies are becoming strict about people who violate these rules.

Whether you are two or four wheeler vehicle owner, it is fun to zip along the roadsides and navigate traffic. Even on the worst days when there are peak hour traffic snarls, and roads are choked, two-wheelers are able to skillfully squeeze through. The four-wheeler can break the traffic signals or over speed which are common offences these days. But there is a big black line between showing off your driving skills and breaking the law.

With penalties really strong, here are some of the consequences that you may face on breaking traffic rules.

The ‘challan’ or the traffic violation slip can cost a sizeable amount today. Hence, it's better to follow traffic rules and abide by what the traffic police are advising. Indian roads are treacherous and being ignorant is not something to be proud of considering that it may have severe ramifications.

For example, drunken driving can set one back by Rs. 10000, according to the Motor Vehicles Act 1989. In the event of a death, this would result in a non-bailable case. It also means serving time in jail for 10 years. All these ramifications are severe punishments for offenders breaking the rules and guidelines.

The Amendment (Motor Vehicles Bill) which was passed/introduced by the Lok Sabha on August 9, 2016, ensures that the Motor Vehicles Act 1989 remains as per the original law. This amendment has also added rules such as overloading and dangerous driving. According to results from 2015, road accidents have led to 1.5 lakh deaths in the country.

There are other ramifications as well for those who violate traffic rules. Here is a table which defines the new penalties to be paid in the event of someone breaking a traffic rule.

 

Under Section

Offence

Penalty in Rupees

177

General

500

177A

Road Rules Violation

500

179

Disobeying orders from the authorities

2000

180

Driving an unauthorized vehicle

5000

181

Driving Without License

5000

182

Driving Despite Disqualification

10000

182 B

Oversize vehicles

5000

183

Overspeeding

1000 (Light Weight), 2000 (Medium Passenger Vehicle)

184

Rash Driving

5000

185

Driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance

10000

189

Illegal racing

5000

192 A

Vehicle Without Permit

Up to 10000

193

Aggregators (Violations of licensing conditions)

25000 to 100000

194 A

Overloading of passengers (Example: 4th Seat of Auto)

Rs 1000 per extra passenger

194 B

Not Wearing Seat Belt

1000

194 C

Overloading of Two Wheelers

2000, License Disqualified for 3 months

194 D

Riding a two-wheeler without helmet

1000, License Disqualified for 3 months

194 E

Not Giving Way to Emergency Vehicles

10000

196

Driving Without Insurance

2000

199

Offences by Juveniles

Vehicle Owner / Guardian fined 25000 with 3 Years Jail. Juvenile Offender under the JJ Act, Vehicle Registration will be Cancelled.

206

Power of Officers to impound documents

Driving licenses will be suspended Under Section 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D and 194E

 

Hence, its always advisable to abide by the rules. It will also keep people around you safe. Recklessness can cause havoc in many lives. Law and order go out on a limb to ensure that people in the country follow traffic rules. 18 state ministers have highlighted the fact that Indian roads need to be made safe for everyone.

Therefore, it is better if one stays alert while on the rider’s seat. Use the indicators, encourage and ensure that the pillion rider wears a helmet. Every biker knows that wearing helmet is recommended for safety purposes. Therefore, invest in a good quality helmet.

Over some time, it has been observed that bikers tend to use footpaths. It would be advisable for bikers to stick to the roads. Pedestrian paths are not meant for riding a bike.  Remind your friends and yourself to follow traffic signals. Utilise the mirrors fitted on your vehicle. Removing them are not advisable as it is detrimental to the rider and other drivers on the road.

Lastly, avoid rash driving as the implications of an accident could cause mental, physical, financial and legal damages. Also, make sure that you carry bike / car insurance policy papers whenever you are driving as there is a separate penealty which can be fined if found driving without insured vehicle on India roads.