Road rage is one of the main causes of accidents and undue trauma in our country today, and traffic police across the country are doing their best to combat this situation. With faith in the law – abiding citizens of the country, a great deal can be done towards the right direction of safety and well – being of the general public.

Knowledge of the important traffic rules and regulations is the responsibility of every citizen, regardless of whether they are in the driver’s seat or not. As the capital city of India, Delhi has numerous traffic rules and regulations in place to help combat the chronic traffic problem that prevails in the city, and it is our responsibility to adhere to these rules wholeheartedly.

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

Driving Without Seat Belt

One of the primary safety precautions that must be taken whenever travelling in a car, the Delhi traffic rules stipulate a fine of Rs. 1,000 if you’re found driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Driving Without Helmet

Those riding two-wheelers must always wear their helmets, for their own safety more than anything else. Those who fail to do so in Delhi face a fine of Rs. 1,000 and disqualification of DL for 3 months.

Driving Without A License

A serious offence, this leads to a fine of Rs. 5,000 as stipulated by the traffic rules of Delhi.

Driving While Intoxicated

For your safety as well as other road users, it’s important not to drink and drive. However, those who violate this traffic rule will attract a traffic fine of Rs.10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months for the first-time offence and for if you’re caught driving while intoxicated the second time, the penalty is Rs.15,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Driving While Talking On The Phone

A fine of Rs. 1,000, with subsequent fines doubling in amount, awaits those who fail to pay heed to this primary safety precaution, that everyone must be aware of.

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

List of Traffic Violations and Fines in Delhi – 2019

OffenceNew PenaltyOld Penalty
GeneralFirst-Time Offence: Rs.500

Second-Time Offence: Rs.1,500
First-Time Offence: Rs.100

Second-Time Offence: Rs.300
Violation of Road RulesRs.500 to Rs.1,000Nil
Disobeying orders from the Authorities and Refusing to Share InformationRs.2,000Rs.500
Driving an Unauthorised Vehicle without LicenseRs.5,000Rs.1,000
Driving Without LicenseRs.5,000Rs.500
Driving Regardless of DisqualificationRs.10,000Rs.500
Over-SpeedingLight Motor Vehicle:
Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000

Medium Passenger or Goods Vehicle:
Rs.2,000 to Rs.4,000 and impounding of DL for the Subsequent or Second-Time Offence.
Rs.400
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Intoxicating SubstanceFirst-Time Offence: Rs.10,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 6 months.

Second-Time Offence: Rs.15,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 2 years
Rs.2,000
Driving Uninsured VehicleFirst-Time Offence: Rs.2,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.

Second-Time Offence: Rs.4,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.
Rs.1,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.
Vehicle Without PermitRs.10,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 6 months.Up to Rs.5,000
Not Wearing SeatbeltRs.1,000Rs.100
Overloading of Two-WheelersRs.2,000 and Disqualification of License for 3 monthsRs.100
Not Wearing HelmetRs.1,000 and Disqualification of License for 3 monthsRs.100
Not Providing Way for Emergency VehiclesRs.10,000 and/or Imprisonment of 6 monthsNil

Check: Complete List of Traffic Rules and Fines – Effective September 2019


For those who are found with their vehicles parked in illegal zones, the towing charges are as follows.

S.No.Vehicle CategoryCharges
1Two Wheeler/TSR100/-
2Car/Jeep/Van200/-
3Empty Truck (lifted or towed)300/-
4Load Truck (Towed)400/-
5Empty Medium/Light Motor Vehicle (lifted or towed)300/-
6Loaded Medium/Light Motor Vehicle (towed)400/-
7Bus400/-

Rules that should be obeyed while driving a four-wheeler in Delhi:

  1. Do not drink and drive. Drunken driving is a dangerous situation, regardless of the fines it attracts. Numerous fatalities that could have easily been avoided have been recorded due to this act, and participating in it is extremely dangerous and irresponsible for any citizen.
  2. Carry all your documents. Driving an unregistered vehicle calls for a hefty fine, and you can be booked for this even if your vehicle is registered, if you do not have adequate proof. Keep all required documents with you at all times, and produce them whenever asked.
  3. Do not use your mobile while driving; it is not just a slight distraction, but can lead to possibly fatal consequences.
  4. Follow lane discipline and do not cut signals. A vast majority of traffic congestions can be reduced if the citizens follow the rules and signals in place properly.
  5. Wear your seat belt and do not park in non-demarcated zones.

Rules that should be obeyed while driving a two wheeler in Delhi:

  1. Carry all your documents. Driving an unregistered vehicle calls for a hefty fine, and you can be booked for this even if your vehicle is registered, if you do not have adequate proof. Keep all required documents with you at all times, and produce them whenever asked.
  2. Do not over speed or go drag racing, this can lead to fatal situations that could have easily been avoided.
  3. Follow lane discipline and do not cut signals. A vast majority of traffic congestions can be reduced if the citizens follow the rules and signals in place properly.
  4. Wear your helmet at all times, and do not take more than one passenger at a time on your vehicle.

News Related to Traffic Rules Violations in Delhi:

Over Rs.75 Lakh Collected by the Delhi Police During the Odd-Even Days

– December 12, 2019

Over Rs.75 lakh was collected by the Delhi Police for violating the Odd-Even rule in the national capital. The Odd-Even scheme was effective from 4 – 15 November 2019 to curb pollution in Delhi. Minister of State for the home ministry said that the compounding amount was deposited in the account of the Delhi government and the transport department. Also, the Minister said that the transport department, Delhi police and the Delhi government have reported that all traffic challans are being sent to a virtual court or metropolitan magistrates, as per the case, to let them know of traffic violations committed by commuters.



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