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Start obeying traffic rules, or be ready to pay hefty fines or end up in jail

400 deaths a day in India due to road accidents during 2015

The new Road Safety Bill is nothing less than a ‘life saver’ for our deteriorating traffic condition.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2016. This means, the government has given a green signal to the authorities to go ahead and charge hefty penalties for traffic violations on Indian roads.

Under this amendment, drunk driving will attract a fine of INR 10,000 while over-speeding will attract a fine of INR 1,000 to INR 4,000. Driving without insurance will see offenders fined INR 2,000 and/or 3 months imprisonment while those two-wheeler riders riding without helmet will be fined INR 2,000 and license will be suspended for 3 months.

Mumbai Holi traffic violation riding octuples

In view of hit and run cases in India, the amendment also proposes compensation upto INR 2 lakhs as against an earlier INR 25,000 for the victim of hit and run. In the event of death due to hit and run, compensation of upto INR 10 lakhs will have to be paid to victim’s family.

In the case of juvenile offenders, the guardians/owners will be held liable while vehicle registration will be cancelled. Jumping traffic lights, talking on phone while driving, violation of stop signal and driving against the flow of traffic will also see first-time offenders fined upto INR 5,000 while the fines will be doubled in the event of repeat offences.

Delhi traffic police

The proposal is based on recommendations of Transport Ministers across 18 states and is expected to be tabled in Parliament during the current session. Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari has stated that the aim to save 50% of the lives being lost on roads as on date.

In 2015, India registered 1.47 lakh deaths due to road accidents, largely because most of us do not care for road signs or traffic rules. Let’s hope the new norms will bring a drastic change in our attitude towards traffic rules and regulations.

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Pearl Daniels

Pearl Daniels

Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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1 Comment

  • In other words, hefty bribes launched. Where people got out in an easy 100 would shell out like 500 or more and probably our traffic cops are gonna be the one’s to create maximum nuisance at junctions where they can earn the most. Even nowadays you can find 10 traffic cops standing at exit of liquor or party areas but none at a broken signal at high accident prone areas.

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