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Home > Govt. Agencies and Taxation > Traffic Rules: Offences & Penalties Under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
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Penalities For Violation of Rules
PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF RULES

Keeping in mind the need to maintain road safety standards, pollution control measures and the need for effective ways for stopping traffic rules violations,
the Motor Vehicles Act has laid down stringent penalties for violation of traffic rules.

TRAVELLING WITHOUT TICKET OR PASS

If you travel in a stage carriage without having a proper pass or ticket or if you fail or refuse to present your ticket for examination you are liable to be punished with fine which may extend to 500 rupees.

ALLOWING UNAUTHORISED PERSONS TO DRIVE VEHCLES

If an owner of a vehicle or a person in charge of a motor vehicle permits any other person who does not have a licence or is below 18 years of age, to drive the vehicle, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

DRIVING WITHOUT LICENCE

If you drive a motor vehicle without a licence or if you are not 18 years of age, you will be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three months, or with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

DRIVING WITHOUT VALID LICENCE

If you are disqualified under this Act for holding or obtaining a driving licence, and you drive a motor vehicle in a public of in any other place, or apply for or obtain a driving licence without disclosing the endorsement made on a driving licence previously held, you shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or with both, and any driving licence obtained by you shall be of no effect.

Whoever, being disqualified under this Act for holding or obtaining a conductor's licence, acts as a conductor of a stage carriage in a public place or applies for or obtains conductor's licence or, not being entitled to have a conductor's licence issued to him free of endorsement, applies for or obtains a conductor's licence without disclosing the endorsements made on a conductor's licence previously held by him, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, or with both, and any conductor's licence so obtained by him shall be of no effect.

DRIVING AT EXCESSIVE SPEED

Driving a motor vehicle in contravention of the speed limits prescribed, is punishable with fine which may extend to four hundred rupees, or, if having been previously convicted of an offence under this sub-section with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees.

However no person shall be convicted of the above offence solely on the evidence of one witness to the effect that in the opinion of the witness such person was driving at a speed, which was unlawful, unless that opinion is shown to be based on an estimate obtained by the use of some mechanical device.

DRIVING DANGEROUSLY

Whoever drives a motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner, which is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case including the nature, condition and use of the place, where the vehicle is driven and the amount of traffic which actually is at the time or which might reasonably be expected to be in the place, shall be punishable for the first offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, and

For any second or subsequent offence if committed within three years of the commission of a previous similar offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.

(Talking on Cellular phone while driving etc)

DRIVING BY A DRUNKEN PERSON OR BY A PERSON UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.

Whoever, while driving, or attempting to drive, a motor vehicle, has, in his blood, alcohol exceeding 30 mg. per 100ml. of blood detected in a test by a breath analyzer, or is under the influence of a drug to such an extent as to be incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, hall be punishable for the offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both;

For a second or subsequent offence, if committed within three years of the commission of the previous similar offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to three thousand rupees, or with both.

DRIVING WHEN MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY UNFIT TO DRIVE

If you drive a motor vehicle in any public place when to your knowledge you suffer from any disease or disability calculated to cause driving of the vehicle to be a source of danger to the public, you shall be punishable for the first offence with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees and for a second or subsequent offence with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

RACING AND TRIALS OF SPEED

Whoever without the written consent of the State Government permits or takes part in a race or trial of speed of any kind between motor vehicles in any public place shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with a fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

USING VEHICLE IN UNSAFE CONDITION

Any person who drives or allows to be driven in any public place a motor vehicle or trailer, having any defect, which renders the driving of the vehicle a source of danger to persons and vehicles using such place, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees or,

If as a result of such defect an accident is caused causing bodily injury or damage to property, such person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three months, or with fine, which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

Any person who drives or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle, which violates the standards prescribed in relation to road safety, control noise and air-pollution, shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine of one thousand rupees and for any second or subsequent offence with a fine of two thousand rupees.

Any person who drives or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle which violates the provisions of this Act or the rules made thereunder relating to the carriage of goods which are of dangerous or hazardous nature to human life, shall be punishable for the offence which may extend to three thousand rupees, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both, and for any second or subsequent offence with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with both.

USING VEHICLES WITHOUT REGISTRATION

Whoever drives a motor vehicle or allows a unregistered motor vehicle to be used shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees but shall not be less than two thousand rupees for a second or subsequent offence with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees but shall not be less than five thousand rupees or with both:

However the above provision does not apply to the use of a motor vehicle in an emergency for the conveyance of persons suffering from sickness or injuries or for the transport of food or materials to relieve distress or of medical supplies for a like purpose, provided that the person using the vehicle reports about the same to the Regional Transport Authority within seven days from the date of such use.

DRIVING UNINSURED VEHICLE

Whoever drives a motor vehicle or causes or allows a motor vehicle to be driven an uninsured vehicle shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to three months, or with fine, which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

TAKING VEHICLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY

Whoever takes and drive away any motor vehicle without having other the consent of the owner shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extent to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both:

However no person shall be convicted if the court is satisfied that such person acted in the reasonable belief that he had lawful authority or in the reasonable belief that the owner would in the circumstances of the case have given his consent if he had been asked therefore.

CAUSING OBSTRUCTION TO FREE FLOW OF TRAFFIC

Whoever keeps a disabled vehicle place, on any public, in such a manner, so as to cause impediment to the free flow of traffic, shall be liable for penalty up to fifty rupees per hour, so long as it remains in that position:

However a vehicle involved in accident shall be liable for penalty only from the time of completion of inspection formalities under the law:

Provided further that where the vehicle is removed by a Government agency, towing charges shall be recovered from the vehicle owner or person in-charge of such vehicle.

Keeping with the new methods adopted by the traffic police authorities "Challans" for violations of the above mentioned offences are also issued by post under section 133 of the Act.

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