11 New Traffic Rules & Penalties Every Indian Should Be Aware Of (#7 Is Rs 1000 Penalty For Helmet)
After the new companies amendment bill, there is a change coming about in the traffic rules too. Rajya Sabha has cleared the bill for making changes to the traffic rules and there are a lot of proposed changes.
The new rules will help bring in a disciplined environment in the country, put a full stop to corruption, and ensure the safety of citizens on road.
Here are eleven changed rules that everyone must be aware of, and follow religiously:
- 1 Driving Under Influence / Drunk Driving
- 2 Driving Without License
- 3 Overspeeding
- 4 Driving Without Seatbelt
- 5 Traveling Without Ticket
- 6 Not Giving Way For Emergency Vehicles
- 7 Driving Without Helmet
- 8 Punishment For Road Accidents
- 9 Overloading Two Wheelers
- 10 Cashless Treatment of Road Accident Victims
- 11 Offenses By Juvenile
Driving Under Influence / Drunk Driving
The previous rules state that if a person is found drunk driving, he will be charged with an Rs. 2000 fine, but the new rules have changed the fine to be Rs. 10,000.
Driving Without License
If found driving without a license, the driver will be liable to pay Rs. 10,000 as a fine, which was only Rs. 500 previously.
If a person is found driving at a speed that exceeds the speed limit, he will be imposed with a fine of Rs. 1000 for an LMV (Light Motor Vehicle), and Rs. 2000 for a medium passenger vehicle.
Driving Without Seatbelt
Driving without a seat belt on is an extremely dangerous risk, and if you are found driving without a seatbelt, you will be charged a fine of Rs. 1000, instead of the previous Rs. 100.
Traveling Without Ticket
If you are found traveling anywhere without a ticket, you will be required to pay a fine of Rs. 500, and this amount was a meager Rs. 200 previously.
Not Giving Way For Emergency Vehicles
It is common sense to give way for emergency vehicles, such as the ambulance or the fire brigade, but there are some people who might think it not as important. A new rule has been put in place for such people, and the fine that will be imposed on such drivers is Rs. 10,000.
Driving Without Helmet
Wearing a helmet is compulsory and is a good safety precaution in India, and those found not wearing one will be imposed with a fine of Rs. 1000, and their driving license will be disqualified for three months. Make sure you wear a helmet the next time you are driving somewhere!
Punishment For Road Accidents
The punishment for road accident cases has been made stricter than before. The compensation for hit and run cases will now be Rs. 2 lakh, which was previously Rs. 25,000, in case of death of the victim. If the victim sustains a grievous injury, the fine will be Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 12,500.
Overloading Two Wheelers
If you are riding a two-wheeler along with two other people, this is called overloading of two-wheelers, and the fine for this is Rs. 2000. Along with this, your license will be disqualified for three months.
Cashless Treatment of Road Accident Victims
The Government is working on making provisions for cashless treatment of road accident victims during the ‘golden hour’, which is the crucial one hour after an injury where the only possibility of avoiding death is by medical care. Also, people who come to the aide of the victim will not be harassed.
Offenses By Juvenile
A new rule has been introduced that will find the guardian or the owner guilty if an offense is committed by a juvenile. They will be looking at a fine of Rs. 25000 and three years of imprisonment. Additionally, the registration of the motor vehicle will be canceled, and the juvenile will be tried under the JJ act.