Traffic rules and traffic violations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Land of Jalikattu and idly dosa, Tamil Nadu is busy handling the issue of Traffic rules and violations in Chennai. With the growing number of accidents in the streets of the state, the government is always trying to find ways to cut a solution.

The current list of fines for the various traffic rules violations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is as follows:

OFFENCEFINE (in Rs.)
Disobeying lawful direction (disrespect / disobedience to a person in authority as deemed by law)150
Causing or permitting any person to drive a vehicle:
(a) without a driving license300
(b) without a transport vehicle authorization150
(c) When underage300
(d) in breach of condition of learner's license150
Driving a Vehicle:
(a) without a driving license300
(b) without a transport vehicle authorization150
(c) When underage300
(d) in breach of condition of learner's license150
Driving at excessive speed300
Causing driver to drive at excessive speed200
Driving at a speed dangerous to the public350
Driving in a manner dangerous to the public500
Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive150
Permitting or taking part in a race trial of Speed without written consent of the State Government300
Driving a vehicle with emission of smoky exhaust100
Driving a two wheeler or three wheelers which uses Kerosene or diesel or any other chemical not meant to be used as fuel in the vehicle200
Violations of the standards related to control of noise100
Violations of the standards related to control of air-pollution400
Violations of the standards related to control of road safety500
Driving a motor cycle that is not registered100
Driving a three wheeler vehicle that is not registered150
Driving any other light motor vehicle that is not registered250
Driving any other motor vehicle when not properly registered500
Riding two wheelers without valid insurance100
Driving three wheelers without valid insurance200
Driving any other light motor vehicles without valid insurance300

Display plates for learners

A learning driver must carry display plates. Otherwise fine for a first time offender is Rs.300, and thereafter Rs.600.

Registration of two-wheeler

If your two-wheeler doesn’t have proper registration certificate then you could be fined with Rs.2,000 for the first time and Rs.5,000 from the second time.

Updated Road Tax

If the road tax charged by the authority is not paid then fine of Rs.300 is imposed on a first time offender. It is doubled for subsequent offences.

Transport vehicle must have fitness certificate

Breaking this clause attracts a fine of Rs. 3,000.

Change of address to be reported

Information about the change of address of the owner is to be reported without delay, otherwise a fine of Rs.300 is to be charged.

Ownership changed

Change of ownership of the vehicle should be informed immediately to avoid a fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600.

Other state registration

Fine of Rs.300 and Rs.600 is imposed if car registered in some other state is in operation in Chennai for more than 12 months.

Pollution Control

If a car is polluting the air then fine of Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 could be imposed.

Overloading

Overloading your vehicle by any means is treated as a serious offence and can attract fine of Rs.1000 and Rs.2000

Seating capacity in non-transport vehicle

Using a non-transport car with seating capacity is an offence according the law. So, this will also attract penalty of Rs.300 and Rs.600.

Taxi driver to go in short distance

Taxi drivers in Chennai can’t refuse to travel a short distance. Otherwise it could cost them a fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600 under Section 177.

Taxi refusal

Refusing a passenger is an offence for a taxi driver and is punishable with fine of Rs.50.

False meter in taxi

False or tampered meter in taxi also attract fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600 under specific section.

Passenger standing in front seat

By allowing a passenger to stand in the front portion of the vehicle, the car owner can receive a challan amounting to Rs.300 to Rs.600.

‘No Entry’ violation

Violation of the no entry norm attracts a fine of Rs.2,000 to Rs.5,000.

Inflammable articles

Carrying inflammable articles in the moving vehicle will attract a fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600 under Section 177.

Talking while driving

If you are on the phone while driving on the Chennai road,you could be fined with Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000 under specific section.

Drunken Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant is not tolerated at all in Chennai. The offence is treated with nothing less than legal proceedings.

Disobeying police orders

Reports show that the number of persons, arguing with the police, is increasing day by day. So, to check this problem, the Chennai government has implemented a fine of Rs.800 to Rs.1200.

Disobeying Signal

Breaking a signal in the road is considered as an offence not only because it causes harm to you but it’s dangerous for others walking down the streets as well. So when you break a signal in Chennai you impose upon yourself a fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600.

Stop the car, cooperate with the police

Whenever you meet with an accident don’t try to flee from the situation. This will only damage your position.

Crossing the Zebra

The Zebra lines in the streets are made for pedestrians, not for drivers. Rule breakers have to pay Rs.300 to Rs.600 as penalty.

Car on the cycle track

Cycle track and footpath are not for car drivers or two-wheelers. A person should understand this while driving the car or else a fine of Rs.300 to Rs.600 is to be paid to the Chennai traffic police.

Wrong parking and turning

Parking the car in no parking zone or turning the car improperly is a cognizable offence.

Driving without Helmet

Driving without helmet may be a suicidal attempt so this is fined with Rs.300 to Rs.600.

These are some of the primary measures taken by the Chennai government to ensure that citizens follow traffic rules in the city. In case you violate a traffic rule and are fined by the traffic police, you can pay the challan online as well. We hope that such a scenario doesn’t arise.

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