Traffic Fines in 2021: New Rules, Applicable Penalties in India For Traffic Offenders

Published On Mar 04, 2021 10:00 AM By InsuranceDekho

While riding your vehicles on the public roads in India, you must be very cautious in order to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the fellow riders. To achieve this, you must be well aware of the recent rules and regulations of traffic law alongside their respective penalties. Please read the article to know regarding the new traffic rules and penalty imposed upon violation of rules.

As we are all aware that the number of deaths and accidents are increasing every day due to rash driving in the nation. Old traffic rules are not being followed seriously by the citizens and many individuals have also faced various accidents due to drinking and driving. Therefore, the Government of India has introduced New Traffic Rules in India and keeps updating it from time to time as per the requirements.

Penalty Structure for Violation of New Traffic Rules

For the violation of traffic rules, the following fines will be applicable:

  1. Absence of Driving License: The driver should not take their vehicles out of the Indian roads without carrying a driving license. While earlier the fine for driving without a driving license was Rs 500, now it has been increased to Rs 5,000.
  2. Rash Driving: Due to rash driving, the number of road accidents have increased a lot. The fine for this has been increased to 1 year imprisonment or penalty of Rs 1000-5000( for violating traffic rules for first time) and up to 2 years imprisonment or penalty of Rs 10,000( for second time rule violation).
  3. Speed Limit: If a driver is caught driving their respective vehicle above the safe speed limit, then they are liable to pay Rs 4000 depending upon the kind of vehicle they are driving.
  4. Driving Vehicle without Active Insurance Plan: As per the Indian Motor Tariff Act, it is extremely important to insure all the vehicles after registration in order to avoid any fines at the time of being caught by the traffic police. In case, a person is caught driving an insured vehicle, then they are entitled to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 months.
  5. Drunk Driving: Drivers, who are caught doing drunk driving are now liable to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000.
  6. Additional Pillion Riders: The fine for getting caught while tripling has now been raised up to Rs 20,000 which earlier was Rs 2,000. Moreover, the driving license will also get deactivated for 3 months.
  7. Violation of Traffic by Juvenile: If a Juvenile is caught breaking the rule, in that case the guardian or parent of the juvenile will be found guilty. In such a scenario, the guilty would be imprisoned for 3 years alongside a penalty of Rs 25,000. Other than this, the juvenile would also be restrained from getting a learner’s license till he/she reaches 25 years of age.

List of New Traffic Rules 2021 in India Fines (Penalty or Challan)

You can check the below list to know the new penalty for violation of traffic rules that has been implemented from 1st September 2019:

Section

Previous Penalty or Challan

New Penalty or Challan

General 177

Rs.100

Rs.500

Travelling without a ticket(178)

Rs. 200

Rs. 500

Violation of Road Regulation(177 A)

Rs. 100

Rs. 500

Disobedience of order of authorities (179)

Rs. 500

Rs. 2,000

Without driving license(181)

Rs. 500

Rs. 5,000

Unauthorized Use of vehicles without license (180)

Rs. 1,000

Rs. 5,000

Driving without qualification (182)

Rs. 500

Rs. 10,000

Over Speeding (183)

Rs. 400

Rs. 1000

Oversized vehicles (182B)

NIL

Rs. 5,000

Dangerous driving penalty (184)

Rs. 1,000

Rs. 5,000

Drinking and Driving (185)

Rs. 2,000

Rs. 10,000

Race (189)

Rs. 500

Rs. 5,000

Vehicle without permits (192A)

Rs. 5,000

Rs. 10,000

License Violation (193)

NIL

Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 1,00,000

Passenger Overloading (194A)

NIL

Rs. 1000 per passenger

Seat belt ( 194 B)

Rs. 100

Rs. 1000

two wheelers overloading (194C)

Rs. 100

Rs. 2000 and for 3 months license gets disqualified

Not giving way to emergency vehicle (194 E)

NIL

Rs. 10,000

Upon Driving without Insurance policy (196)

Rs. 1000

Rs. 2000

Crimes by juveniles (199)

NIL

Rs. 25,000 - guardian or owner of vehicle and 3 years imprisonment

Power of authority to impose documents (206)

NIL

Suspension of driving licence under sections 183,184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D, 194E

Crimes committed by authority enforcement (210 B)

NIL

Twice the Penalty under the related sections

New Amendments made in Motor Vehicle Rules

  • Interrogation of any vehicle by police will get updated on the official portal.
  • Physical Verification of documents will not be required. In case of traffic, police need to cancel the driving license, then it can be done on the official portal of the department.
  • Under the new traffic rules, driver's behavior will also get noted and the information from police authorities shall be provided on the official portal.
  • E-challan will be given to rule-breakers in case of any violation.
  • With the new traffic rules, individuals are not required to carry hard copies of documents of their respective vehicles as individuals can also save soft copies of their documents.

Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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