Traffic violations: Fines steeper
Express News Service

Chandigarh, May 7: WITH an aim to keep traffic violations in check, the Chandigarh Administration has increased the composition fee for various traffic offences. A notification to this effect is expected shortly after which increased rates of traffic fines will be applicable.

At present, the fine for driving a vehicle without a valid licence or a person below 18 years of age driving a vehicle, under section 181 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, is fined Rs 200 for the first offence and Rs 300 for subsequent offences. The fine amount has now been increased to Rs 500 for first and subsequent offences.

The fine charged from owner of a vehicle who has given his vehicle to another person, not holding a valid licence or to a minor (as under section 180 of the ACT), has been enhanced to Rs 500 for first offence and Rs 1,000 for subsequent offences. Earlier the fine was Rs 300 and Rs 500, respectively. The fine for the same offence in case of four wheelers will be Rs 1,000 for first offence. The amount was Rs 500 earlier.

Under the new rules, drivers will also be punished for driving uninsured vehicle with a fine of Rs 500 (first offence) and Rs 1,000 (subsequent offence) for two wheeler and Rs 700 and Rs 1,000, respectively, for other non-transport vehicle. Earlier the fine was Rs 300 and Rs 500, respectively, for two wheeler and Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 for other non-transport vehicle.

The fine for overloading of a vehicle has also been enhanced. If a driver refuses to stop his vehicle for weighing after being asked to do so or removes load from the vehicle prior to weighing would now be punished with a fine of Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500, respectively, for the first and subsequent offences. Earlier the fine was Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively.

A senior traffic police official said the increase in fine charges is aimed at bringing down the number of traffic violations. “Every year we collect up to Rs 1.5 crore by charging people for various offences. The increase in the fine amount may lower the number of offences,” he said.