Traffic Rules and Traffic Violations in Chandigarh, Punjab

One of the primary responsibilities of every citizen is to have proper knowledge important traffic rules and regulations that are in place in the country, regardless of whether they are in the driver’s seat or not. Road rage is one of the main causes of undue disturbances in our country today, and traffic congestions are a well-known issue throughout. The traffic police across the country are doing their best to combat this situation, mainly through the implementation of stringent rules and regulations that draw fines or punishments for the offences. The traffic police of Chandigarh has put in place several rules and regulations to do their part towards the prevalent situation. It is our responsibility to adhere to these rules and regulations, not just for fear of punishment, but to help move forward in the right direction, for the safety and well-being of all. Alongside this, these rules are also in place to ensure that each citizen feels safe in the city, and proper knowledge of the rules and regulations in place can help you claim your rights and ensure your safety.

Here are some of the most serious penalties that you should know about:

Driving Underage:

The acceptable age is a minimum of 18 years for a four-wheeler vehicle, and a valid driving license is a must. Underage driving attracts a fine of Rs. 500 in Chandigarh.

Driving Above The Speed Limit:

Viewed with the utmost severity, this offence leads to a fine of Rs. 700 for a first time offece and Rs. 1000 for a second-time offence.

Driving Without A License:

Viewed as a highly serious offence, this leads to a fine of Rs. 300 – Rs. 500 depending on the vehicle driven as stipulated by the traffic rules of Chandigarh. Violations of this rule include failure to adhere to the rules stipulated according to the learner’s license, driving after a license has expired, driving before applying for a license or driving without authentic license.

Driving While Intoxicated:

The standard rule of driving is known to be to not drink and drive, and those who fail to follow this rule face a court appearance or a hefty fine.

Driving A Vehicle That Pollutes Excessively:

If deemed responsible for violating standards that are associated with pollution standards, fines of up to Rs 1000  may be levied at the for first offence and Rs. 2000 for consecutive offences, at the discretion of the traffic police of Chandigarh.

All the fines are currently under question, as a new bill that is being debated has proposed increase in the number of fines collected by almost ten times for every offence.

The current list of fines for the various offences in Chandigarh is as follows:

Offence Name1st OffenceSubsequent Offence
Failure to produce driving license on demand by a police officer in uniform300600
Driving without driving license/driving with wrong license500500
Under age driver without driving license500500
Allowing unauthorized person to drive two-wheeler5001000
Allowing unauthorized person to drive a four-wheeler or more.10001000
Holding more than one driving license300600
Learner driving without instructor with driving license300600
Learner driving without displaying l plates300600
Without registration certificate of two-wheeler20005000
Without registration certificate of four & above wheeler30006000
Road tax not paid300600
Plying transport vehicle without fitness30006000
Plying transport vehicle without / expired permitNon-comp.---
Plying transport vehicle out of routeNon-comp.---
Transport vehicle carrying > capacity of permitNon-comp.---
Plying transport vehicle in contravention of other permit conditionsNon-comp.---
Tractor trolley put to non-agricultural commercial useNon-comp.---
Without / expired third party insurance of two-wheeler5001000
Without / expired third party insurance of non-transport vehicle7001000
Without / expired third party insurance of transport vehicle10001000
Failure to report change of address within prescribed period300600
Failure to report fact of transfer of vehicle within prescribed period300600
Playing a vehicle with registration mark of other state >12month300600
Violating air pollution standards10002000
Load projection violations-load extending
Beyond the side of the body
To the front beyond the foremost part of the vehicle
To the rear > 1.2 metres beyond rear most part of vehicle
In height > 3.4m from road surface
10002000
Laden/unladen weight more than the registered gross vehicle weight/. Unladen weight20005000
Non-transport vehicle carrying > regd. Seating capacity300600
Taxi driver not adopting shortest route for journey/refusing300600
Refusal by taxi driver5050
Taxi charging without fare meter300600
Carrying person/travelling on running board/top of bonnet/outside300600
Obstruction of control of driver by passenger sitting/standing in front300600
Violation of no entry 115 by truck/tractor trolley/goods vehicle/inter-state bus20005000
Carrying explosive/inflammable/dangerous substance300600
Violation of rules for carriage of goods of dangerous or hazardous30005000
Dangerous driving/abetment10002000
Dangerous driving - using mobile phone while driving10002000
Over speeding/abetment7001200
Drunken driving/abetmentNon-comp.---
Driver mentally/physically unfit200500
Disobeying police orders/obstructing (misbehaviour)/refusing inform.8001200
Disobeying signal of police officer regulating traffic300600
Failure to stop vehicle involved in accident on direction8001200
Violation of road signs-stop/give away/no entry/one way entry etc.300600
Violation of road marking-stop line/yellow line/zebra crossing300600
Violation of red/yellow light300600
Reversing more than necessary for turning/in a manner causing danger300600
Driving motor vehicle on cycle track/footpath300600
Front and rear lights not switched on while driving300600
Failing to lower head-light beam300600
Violation of overtaking while causing danger or inconvenience300600
Taking u-turn where prohibited300600
Wrong side driving/entry/turn/crossing divided road/central verge300600
55. Failing to yield right-of-way at intersection/roundabout/pedestrian Cross.300600
Lane change without signal/zig-zag driving300600
Failure to make prescribed signal on turning/allowing overtaking300600
Abrupt brake without sufficient reason300600
Failure to keep safe distance300600
Wrong parking300600
Wrong parking requiring towingAcc. to vehicle---
Obstructing flow of traffic by failing to remove disabled vehicle for hoursRs.50/- per hrs---
Unattended vehicle with engine running300600
Driver without helmet or turban/helmet not fastened/not of standard300600
Pillion rider without helmet300600
Triple riding on 2-wheeler300600
M/cycle without proper rear-wheel guard/permanent hand grip/footrest for the pillion rider300600
Unauthorized use of red/blue beacon light300600
Use of black film/ any materiel upon the safety glasses, wind-screen (front and rear) and side glasses10002000
Unauthorized use of spot light/search light/dazzling light/fog light300600
Smoking while driving300600
Blowing pressure horn/multi-toned horn10002000
Blowing horn needlessly/continuously10002000
Sounding the horn in silence zone10002000
Silencer non-functional/playing music at high pitch10002000
Fail. To keep mandatory accessories-spare headlamp bulbs/fuses etc.300600
Public service vehicle without fire extinguisher300600
4-wheeler without seat belts300600
Driver not using seat belt300600
Front seater without seat belt300600
Without prescribed reflex reflectors10002000
Number plate not according to pattern / without number plate of two-wheeler20005000
Number plate not according to pattern / without number plate of four & above wheeler30006000
No. Plate not legible/obscured300600
Unauthorized alteration in engine/basic structure of two-wheeler20005000
Unauthorized alteration in engine/basic structure of four & above30006000
Using defective vehicle dangerous for others -head light/tail light / parking light/indicator light/brake light/unlit load projection etc.10002000
Towing for reason other than delivery/repair at workshop of dis.vehicle300600
Improper towing of disabled vehicles300600
S.b.not of prescribed colour (yellow)/name of school not written300600
S.b. carrying>capacity (1.5x regd. Seating capacity)300600
S.b. driver without proper uniform & name plate300600
S.b. driver without 5 yrs experience/challaned more than 3 times during300600
S.b. without attendant in proper uniform & name plate300600
S.b crossing 50 kmph speed limit7001200
S.b. stopping at undersignated stoppage300600
S.b without route/time table board300600
Racing and trials of speed without the consent of government10001500

Now that we are done with notifying you about the fines and prison time. Let us move on to some important guidelines which every possible motor vehicle driver or passenger should abide by. You will find below information regarding the same.

For Two-Wheeler Drivers:

  1. Wear Helmets: Wearing helmets can save your life and the lives of people travelling with you. Majority of motor cycle accidents claim lives of people who do not wear helmets.
  2. Do not overload: Accommodating more than one person behind you is a threat to your life and the lives of others. Balance is critical and one slip can cause a massive accident.
  3. Use indicators: Using indicators is very easy. Given that a lack of judgement in cases where high speed corridors are plied upon, use of indicators can provide that extra assistance to the driver behind you and save lives.
  4. Refrain from off-roading: Off-roading causes 20% of motor cycle accidents. From an off-road when a motorcycle enters the main road, vehicles which are speeding are unable to brake at the last moment. That has caused a lot of deaths.
  5. Refrain from overtaking cars: While overtaking might be necessary in some cases, a wrong move can attribute to permanent injuries and even death.

For Four-Wheeler Drivers:

  1. Follow Traffic Signals: Traffic signals are meant to be very time efficient, therefore jumping a red light can cause accidents of worrying nature.
  2. Refrain from using mobile phones: In a recent survey usage of mobile phones have been attributed to close to 20% of small and big accidents. Slowing down one’s vehicle on a highway while calling is one of those issues. In case you need to operate the phone. Stop on the left side and then converse.
  3. Carry your documents: Carrying documents is very important. Not only does it prevent violations but also provides important information to the police in case of accidents.
  4. Seat Belts should be put on: Seat belts are a must. Because more than one life is at stake.
  5. Drive slowly: Make it a habit to drive slowly near school, gardens, public places and more.