Now violating traffic rules will cause a heavy toll on your pockets as the state government issued revised compounding fines for traffic offences on Thursday under the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act.
Most of the hiked fines are related to “road safety” and with the objective to bring down fatalities and ensure better road discipline, officials said.
Now any driver who refuses to stop and submit his vehicle to weigh will have to pay a huge fine of Rs 40,000.
Meanwhile, the compounding fees for speeding have been hiked to Rs 4,000. For dangerous driving, the fine is Rs 1,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 2,000 for cars. And, for second-time offenders, it is as high as Rs 10,000 if the offence is committed within three years or earlier in office, the notification said.
For underage (minor) drivers without licence, the fine will be Rs 5,000 for the owner of the vehicle or any person in charge of it, the notification said. This has been increased from Rs 500, sources said. For triple seats on a two-wheeler, the fines are hiked from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 and riders will be disqualified from holding a licence for 3 months.
For driving without insurance, the penalty will be Rs 2,000.
However, the fines for not wearing a helmet or seatbelt remain unchanged at Rs 500 and Rs 200. In the case of helmets though, the notification says that the rider could be disqualified from holding a licence for 3 months.
The fine for speeding a car has been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.
The notification also tackles noise and air pollution for which fines have gone up (from Rs 500) to Rs 1,000.
The notification does not mention drunk driving. The amended MV Act provides for a maximum six months in jail and/or Rs 10,000 fine for first offence while it’s maximum 2 years jail and/or Rs15,000 fine for the second.
For fancy number plates, the fine for offenders who use fancy names like DADA, BABA, MAMA and so on, is Rs 1,000. Also, for no reflectors and tail lamps, important for road safety, the fine is Rs 1,000.
For overloading, the fine is Rs 20,000 for truckers and an additional Rs 2,000 per tonne of excess load.