Shocked by the recent development by the Traffic Police. More than shock, it has imbibed a fear deep inside that people now prefer to use public transport over their personal vehicle. Face book is flooded with memes, jokes on the recent development. But the fact remains, it’s done now. The new rules are out. Let’s talk about how to protect our self.
The most important thing is carrying all the mandatory documents, at all times in your vehicle.
1. RC copy of your vehicle
(Registration Certificate of your vehicle)
2. PUC Certificate (Pollution Check Certificate)
3. Driving License
4. Certificate of Insurance
Carry these documents and be free from any penalty or fine in case any of the documents is missing.
Let’s take a look at the old and the new traffic fines for violations.
OFFENCE OLD CHALLAN/ NEW CHALLAN/
1.General Rs.100 Rs.500
2.Rules of road regulation violation Rs.100 Rs.500
3.Disobedience of orders of authorities Rs.500 Rs.2,000
4.Unauthorized use of vehicles without license Rs.1,000 Rs.5,000
5.Driving without license Rs.500 Rs.5,000
6.Driving despite disqualification Rs.500 Rs.10,000
7.Oversize vehicles N/A Rs.5,000
8.Over-speeding Rs.400 Rs.1,000
9.Dangerous driving Rs.1,000 Up to Rs.5,000
10.Drink Driving Rs.2,000 Rs.10,000
11.Speeding/Racing Rs.500 Rs.5,000
12.Vehicle without permit Up to Rs.5,000 Up to Rs.10,000
13.Overloading of passenger N/A Rs.1,000 per extra passenger
14.Seat belt Rs.100 Rs.1,000
15.Not providing way for emergency vehicles N/A Rs.10,000
16.Driving without insurance Rs.1,000 Rs.2,000
17. Power of officers to impound documents N/A Suspension of driving licenses
If you are stopped by the Traffic Police? You should know your rights as a commuter.
First of all don’t panic if you are stopped by the Traffic Police. Here are few things you should know:
1. Traffic police is supposed to carry a challan book or e-challan machine. If they don’t have any of these they can’t penalize you.
2. If you are stopped by a traffic police, always stop your vehicle and produce documents as asked by the officer. You are only required to show the driving license to the officer. It is up to you if you want to hand over the documents or not. The Motor Vehicle Act, Section 130 categorically states that the driver of a motor vehicle in any public place shall on demand by any police officer in uniform produce his license for examination. The law only says, “produce” and not hand over.
3. Always be cooperative with the police. Don’t argue. If you made any mistake, explain it politely to the police. They might even let you go.
4. You can be fined for all the offences under Motor Vehicle Act like jumping a red light, driving without helmet, over speeding, driving without a license, not displaying number plate etc.
5. Never bribe the traffic police. Never surrender to illegal demands of the police. Pay the fine if you are at fault. Don’t encourage corruption.
6. Always note down the name and buckle number of the police official. If you have any doubts regarding the authenticity of the police officer, you can politely ask them for their identity card. If they refuse to give their identity card you can also refuse to give him documents.
7. Your vehicle can be detained, if you are driving without a license/permit or if it is not registered.
8. If the police officer is an officer of rank sub-inspector or above then you can settle the offence by paying the fine.
9. Traffic police has to offer you a valid receipt for detaining your driving license. Your driving license can be seized if you jump the red light, drunken driving, using the mobile phone while driving.
10. If you are detained by the traffic police for the offence then you must be produced before the magistrate in less than 24 hours.
11. Traffic police cannot tow your car as long as you are sitting in it. You have to vacate your car before they can tow your vehicle.
12. If traffic police harasses you, then you can file a complaint at the police station, stating the relevant details.
In case a challan or a prosecution slip is issued to you, it must mention the following details:
1. Name and address of the court where the offence will be trialed
2. Details of the offence
3. Date of trial
4. Vehicle details
5. Name and address of the offender
6. Name and signature of the challaning officer
7. Details of the documents retained
A traffic police is an absolute authority on a road and it’s your duty to obey them.
But my question is
What’s the problem in obeying traffic rules????
We can’t blame the government for everything, it’s us who drinks and drive or don’t wear a helmet or give our children keys to drive a car or a two wheeler at the age of 14 or take dangerous short cuts for saving fuel. The list is endless.
But as a responsible citizen, we should obey the rules. Life is precious be it ours or someone else’s.