Chennai

Under new norms, drunk driving can cost you ₹10,000

Traffic police issue advisory spelling out stiffer penalties for violation of road safety rules

The city traffic police have isssued an advisory indicating that new penalties for violations under the Motor Vehicles Act will be implemented shortly.

Issuing the advisory, the police said there is little by way of deterrent on erring motorists presently, as penalties for traffic violations are low. An increase in penalties has been stipulated by the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) 2019 Bill, which has now been enacted.

A senior police officer told The Hindu, “The Act has come into effect and a notification was also issued in this regard. We will soon implement the provisions of the new Act, which stipulate an increase in penalties. E-challan machines will be recalibrated very soon. The implementation may begin in a day or two.”

Issuing a table of penalties, the police said they will soon start collecting the enhanced fines.

Under the new norms, driving without insurance is punishable with a ₹2,000 fine, while driving without a helmet will attract a fine of ₹1,000 and a three-month suspension of licence.

The provisions stipulate that guardians/owners will be deemed guilty in case of a road offence by juveniles. “Guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty and there will be a penalty of ₹25,000, with three years’ imprisonment and cancellation of registration of the motor vehicle,” the officer said. Traffic violations will also attract a penalty of ₹500 in place of ₹100 earlier, while disobedience of orders of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of ₹2,000, as against ₹500 earlier.

Penalty for unauthorised use of vehicles without licence has been proposed at ₹5,000, and those found driving despite disqualification will be fined ₹10,000. Penalty for dangerous driving will be increased to ₹5,000 from ₹1,000, while drunk driving under the new law will attract a fine of ₹10,000.

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