Updated List of Penalties for Traffic Violations in India

Breaking the law in any sense is bound to attract punishment. The severity of this punishment depends upon the nature of the committed offense. With regards to breaking traffic rules, citizens can be asked to pay a fine, serve a jail term or face disqualification in the form of a ban from driving any vehicle. The fine amount is updated every few years to curb the violation of rules. Breaking traffic rules in India can lead to accidents and even death in severe cases. Let’s take a look at the updated list of penalties for traffic violations in India

List of traffic police fines for violations

Traffic rules in India are in accordance with The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Every change in the fine amount is clearly stated in the updated act. Following is the list of violations and their corresponding traffic fines:

Under Section

Offence

Penalty in Rupees

177General500
177ARoad Rules Violation500
178Travelling Without Ticket500
179Disobeying orders from the authorities2000
180Driving an unauthorized vehicle5000
181Driving Without License5000
182Driving Despite Disqualification10000
182 BOversize vehicles5000
183Overspeeding1000 (Light Weight), 2000 (Medium Passenger Vehicle)
184Rash Driving5000
185Driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance10000
189Illegal racing5000
192 AVehicle Without PermitUp to 10000
193Aggregators (Violations of licensing conditions)25000 to 100000
194Overloading goods20000, 2000 Per Every Extra Tonne
194 AOverloading of passengers (Example : 4th Seat of Auto)Rs 1000 per extra passenger
194 BNot Wearing Seat Belt1000
194 COverloading of Two Wheelers2000, License Disqualified for 3 months
194 DRiding a two-wheeler without helmet1000, License Disqualified for 3 months
194 ENot Giving Way to Emergency Vehicles10000
196Driving Without Insurance2000
199Offences by JuvenilesVehicle Owner / Guardian fined 25000 with 3 Years Jail. Juvenile Offender under JJ Act, Vehicle Registration will be Cancelled.
206Power of Officers to impound documentsDriving licenses will be suspended Under Section 183, 184, 185, 189, 190, 194C, 194D and 194E
210 BOffences committed by enforcing authoritiesDouble the penalty under a corresponding section

Driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance is a serious crime. Chances of damage and injuries increase exponentially when a driver is not alert of his/her surroundings while driving. It is dangerous not only for the driver but also to co-passengers and others present on the road. Thus, the fine amount depends on the level of intoxicating substance present in the blood. Drinking alcohol and driving a vehicle are common occurrences, here is the list of traffic police fines for the same:

Alcohol Level

Traffic Fines and penalties and Jail

30 to 60 mgFine of Rs. 2000 or/and 6 months of imprisonment.
60 to 150 mg1 year of imprisonment and/or a fine of Rs.4000. Repeated offence leads to 3 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of Rs.8000.
150 mg or aboveOne-time offender is charged Rs. 5000 along with 2 years of imprisonment. If the offence is repeated within 3 years the punishment is Rs.10000 fine plus 4 years of imprisonment.

Bribing Traffic officials

To get away from the fine and penalties arising due to breaking traffic rules in India, people try to bribe police officials. To some extent, people even manage to get away by paying a bribe in the form of cash. However, bribing an official is a crime in itself and should not be committed. The government is taking certain measures to decrease and eventually eliminate this atrocious crime. One of such measures is the introduction of ‘e-challan’. This system works similar to you purchasing something and using your debit or credit card to pay the money and receiving a receipt. This way, cash does not come into the picture and the funds are transferred directly to the government. In this manner, they can also keep a track of offenses and the people involved.