Various Traffic Fines That You Could Face As A Motorbiker
Riding a motorcycle is very exhilarating—but getting traffic fines isn’t it. However, you should follow the traffic rules religiously. Accidents happen when you break these rules. Studies show that there are nearly 5 lakh road accidents in India every year. More than 1.5 lakh people lose their lives in such accidents. Considering these statistics, the Central Government of India has introduced the Motor Vehicles Bill 2017. The Motor Vehicles Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 is due for discussion in the Rajya Sabha in the budget session of Parliament.
The salient features of the Amendment bill are the increments in the fines imposed by the RTO on various traffic violations and offences. The aim is not to discourage driving motor vehicles, but to create awareness in people about safe driving. We shall now look at the various fines that you could face as a motorbiker. We submit this information purely from a two-wheeler point of view. There are additional traffic fines as far as four wheelers are concerned.
For the sake of simplicity we shall categorize them into different categories.
- Document related offences
- Driving-related offences – General
- Road marking related offences
- Vehicle-related offences
- Traffic-related offences
- Specific driving-related offences
- Other driving-related offences
- Parking-related offences
- Pollution-related offences
- Miscellaneous Offences
Document related offences:
- The law envisages that you have proper documents on your person whenever you ride your motorcycle. The traffic inspector has the right as per the law to impose spot traffic fines on you. Considering the nature and severity of the offence, he can also book a case that could invite prison sentences. Here is a list of the kinds of traffic fines that you could incur in this regard.You could end up paying a fine of Rs 5000 (as per the amendment bill) if you drive a vehicle without carrying a valid driving license. This is a serious offence that could result in imprisonment up to a maximum of 3 months as well.
- Think twice before letting another individual ride your motorcycle without holding a valid driving licence. As the vehicle owner, you run the risk of paying the same penalty as listed above.
- Your vehicle has provisions for carrying the requisite documents pertaining to the vehicle. Failure to adhere to this provision can cost you Rs 500.
- Vehicle insurance is compulsory. The penalty for driving a vehicle without a valid insurance policy is Rs 2000 and/or imprisonment up to 3 months.
- Every vehicle should have a Registration Certificate. Failure to have one can result in a fine of Rs 2000.
- Offence by a juvenile can result in the parent/guardian coughing out a hefty fine of Rs 25000 and an imprisonment sentence for a period of 3 years. There is a proposed amendment in the bill that the guardians or the owners of the vehicle should not be held responsible for the acts of the juvenile if they are able to prove that they were unaware of the offence or they tried to prevent the offence from taking place. However, the registration of the vehicle will be cancelled and the juvenile courts will try the juvenile for the offence committed by him / her.
Driving-related Offences: General offences
- You have just seen the document related offences. We shall now concentrate on the driving-related offences.
- The law stipulates the minimum age for driving a vehicle at 18 years. There is a penalty of Rs 500 in case the driver is a minor.
- The major cause of fatalities in two-wheeler accidents is the absence of a helmet. The fine for driving a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet is Rs 100. Under the new rules, driving without a helmet will attract a penalty of Rs 1000 and result in the disqualification of driving license for a period of 3 months.
- Ensuring safety of others is very important while driving vehicles. Rash and negligent driving is a serious offence that can attract a fine of Rs 5000 instead of the erstwhile Rs 500. Similarly over-speeding will result in a fine of Rs 5000 as against the present fine of Rs 500.
- Overloading a two wheeler (carrying more than 1 pillion rider) will result in a penalty of Rs 1000 in addition to the disqualification of the driving licence for a period of 3 months.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol will incur a penalty of Rs 10000.
- Maintaining lane discipline is of utmost importance. Failure to adhering to this discipline entails court challan or a fine of Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Traffic rules are meant for your safety as well as that of pedestrians. The law expects people to follow these rules obediently. You are not supposed to drive in the wrong direction on a one-way street. The law forbids you from taking U-turns during certain hours of the day. You should also observe great caution while taking a U-turn. Slowing down at junctions and intersections is essential. Footpaths are meant for pedestrians. Driving on the same, whatsoever be the reason is an offence. All these offences can attract individual traffic fines of Rs 100. The amendment proposes to increase this amount to Rs 500.
Road Marking related offences:
The Government has a lot of safety measures in place to prevent accidents. Road signs are one of them. Similarly, there are road markings indicating to the vehicles where to stop. Violating these road markings and mandatory traffic signs can result in the imposing of a fine of Rs 100 on the rider. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Driving your vehicle without proper number plates is an offence. There are strict rules pertaining to the size and colour of the plates as well as the numbering. Displaying incorrect or overtly-designed number plates attracts a fine of Rs 100. Displaying an “Applied For” number plate is an offence attracting a fine of Rs 4500.
- Improper use of headlights / taillights or using a high beam when it is not necessary can cost you Rs 100 each. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Driving a vehicle without a horn or having a fancy horn that can distract others is an offence punishable with a fine of Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Traffic-related offences:
- You have traffic signals for the safety of riders as well as pedestrians. Obeying them is the right thing to do. Jumping signals or not complying with the traffic signal board is a punishable offence attracting a fine of Rs 100 each. Similarly, you have to give appropriate signals to other vehicles in case you wish to turn right or left. Failure to do so can result in accidents. Hence, this is also an offence attracting a fine of Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- In case the traffic signals are not working, the traffic policeman takes over to control the traffic. Disobeying the traffic police official or not complying with the manual traffic signals attracts a penalty of Rs 100.
Specific driving-related offences and traffic fines:
- The traffic police have stipulated various speed limits considering various circumstances. Driving your motorcycle above the prescribed speed limits is dangerous and entails you to pay a fine up to Rs 1000. The 2017 amendment has a proposal to increase this amount to Rs 5000.
- Over-speeding is a risky affair. Enticing others to over-speed is also an offence. You could end up paying a penalty of Rs 300 for indulging in such activities.
- There are specific rules regarding overtaking in traffic. One should abide by them. The rules stipulate that one should overtake from the right-hand side alone. Similarly, it is the duty of the vehicle ahead to give way to other vehicles. Failure to observe all these rules attracts a penalty of Rs 100 each. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
Other Driving related offences:
- Ignorance of the rules is never an excuse. Disobeying lawful directions on purpose entails payment of a penalty of Rs 500.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the biggest cause of accidents in India. This is a very serious offence attracting a fine of Rs 2000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months. There is a proposal to increase this penalty to Rs 10000. Don’t just think about the traffic fines , but a huge life change potentially!
- Using a mobile phone while driving is a major distraction. This could give you traffic fines that attracts a fine of Rs 1000. The amendment in the bill proposes to increase this amount to Rs 5000.
- The penalty (traffic fines) payable in case of an accident involving a minor is Rs 1000.
- Playing music while driving your motorcycle is also a distraction. The RTO can fine you Rs 100 on the spot. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500. Never thought of such traffic fines did you?
- Leaving the vehicle in an untenanted engine (when your engine is on and you the vehicle is just parked) or in a dangerous position attracts a penalty of Rs 100 each. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Your two-wheeler should have a proper silencer. Causing unnecessary noise pollution is an offence costing you Rs 100 as penalty. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- The law expects you to be physically and emotionally fit while riding your two-wheelers. The police officer can take a decision on the spot and issue a court challan.
You are not supposed to park your vehicle in a ‘No Parking’ zone. In case you do so, you run the risk of towing your vehicle. There is a penalty of Rs 100 in case the RTO tows your two-wheeler from a ‘No Parking’ zone. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
There are specific rules regarding parking of vehicles. One should be aware of the same. Let us list them out for your benefit. Almost all people indulge in such offences unintentionally. However, the RTO has the power to impose a penalty in any case. The penalty for improper parking of vehicles in each of the following instances is Rs 100.
- Parking the vehicle in the same direction of the flow of traffic
- Parking against the flow of traffic
- Parking away from walkway towards the road
- Causing obstruction to other vehicles and people because of improper parking
- Parking on a taxi / auto rickshaw stand
- Parking at the corner of the roads
- Causing inconvenience to bus travellers by parking within 15 metres on either side of a bus stop.
- Parking on a bridge or traffic island
- Parking vehicles on footpaths / walkways
- Parking in front of a gate
- We refer to environmental as well as noise pollution in this section.
- Smoking while driving your vehicle entails a penalty of Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500
- Every vehicle should possess a ‘Pollution Under Control’ certificate. Failure to adhere to the same attracts a fine of Rs 100. A smoky exhaust can not only damage your engine but also the environment as well. You could end up paying a fine of Rs 100 for having a smoky exhaust. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Use your horn wisely. Honking in a ‘Silence Zone’ such as schools and hospitals is an offence attracting a fine of Rs 100. Using a pressure horn is a penalizing offence with a fine of Rs 100. You should not use a multi-toned or a shrill horn that can cause noise pollution. Doing so attracts a fine of Rs 500.
- Similarly a noisy or dysfunctional silencer costs you a sum of Rs 500.
Other vehicle offences:
- Using the vehicles in hazardous conditions can invite a court challan.
- Driving out-of-state vehicles for a period exceeding 12 months can cost you Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
- Driving vehicles without side mirrors or with defective tyres attracts a penalty of Rs 100. The proposal is to increase the amount to Rs 500.
Phew, these traffic fines—they look a handful? Yes, they are, but it is necessary to create this awareness among people. Nothing can replace the loss of a human life. It is in our hands entirely to prevent such occurrences. However, accidents can still happen otherwise. Nevertheless, these strictures can definitely reduce the number of accidents and thereby prevent loss of precious lives. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse in any case.
Get smart, get following rules!