Earlier, when there were far lesser vehicles on the roads of Mumbai, there wasn’t a dire need for establishing stringent traffic rules and regulations. However, with the rising standard of living and affordable cost of vehicles, the number of vehicle owners has gone up drastically. If the snarling traffic jams are a challenge for the Mumbaikars, ensuring the following of traffic rules is a concern for the Mumbai Traffic Police.

The result has been the introduction of some extremely strict traffic rules and severe penalties on traffic rule violation by the Mumbai traffic police.

Provisions under the Indian Motor Vehicles Act 1914

The first legislation was established under the “Indian Motor Vehicles Act 1914.” It was passed in India to regulate all the motor vehicles as well as the pedestrians. After this enactment, the traffic on the roads of all cities and states across India has multiplied several times. Moreover, to exert control over this type of unparalleled growth in ever-growing motor vehicles, the government introduced the Motor Vehicles Act 1914, later revised and amended to “The Motor Vehicle Act 1988” by our Government of India.

Traffic Light Signal Rules You Must Follow in Mumbai

The traffic lights at road intersection are a highly significant device for both pedestrians as well as vehicle drivers. A traffic light can effectively control traffic. Hence, we must always adhere to these signals.

  • The red light indicates that you must ‘Completely Stop’ your vehicle right behind the stop line. Keep in mind, a crossing of the stop line is considered an offence. Hence, you must remain there till the light turns green.
  • The Amber colour light suggests ‘Be Alert’. When the amber coloured light turns on, it is giving you a signal to get ready to start.
  • A Green light indicates ‘GO’ slowly and carefully through the intersection.
  • A flashing ‘Red’ light indicates you must fully stop and proceed only if the road is clear and safe.

Other than traffic signal rules, there are a lot of other road signs that you must keep in mind while driving. This will ensure smooth

Traffic Rule Violation Penalties in Mumbai, Maharashtra

As per the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) of 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rule, 1989, some of the general offences and the resulting penalties are listed below:

OffenceNew PenaltyOld Penalty
Driving an Unauthorised Vehicle without LicenseRs.5,000Rs.1,000
Driving Without LicenseRs.5,000Rs.500
Driving Regardless of DisqualificationRs.10,000Rs.500
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.
Not Wearing SeatbeltRs.1,000Rs.100
Not Wearing HelmetRs.1,000 and Disqualification of License for 3 monthsRs.100

Check: Updated List of Traffic Rules and Fines (Effective September 2019)



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