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New Traffic Rules in Delhi: List of Rules and Fines for Violations

Team AckoMar 8, 2024

What is e-Challan?

e-Challan is an electronic ticketing system implemented by the Delhi Traffic Police as an alternative to manual challan (ticket) issuance for traffic violations in Delhi (like driving/riding a vehicle without valid car/bike insurance).

It helps reduce paperwork and improve efficiency.

Data captured through the e-Challan system helps monitor enforcement activities by the agencies concerned, like traffic police, pollution control authorities and transport department.

It makes it easier for authorities to identify those who break the rules consistently, thus helping them take appropriate measures for road safety.

e-challan provides convenience for violators as they can easily make their payments online via internet banking or mobile wallets.

It encourages more people to pay fines on time instead of waiting for a months-long court hearing after being caught with a traffic violation in Delhi.

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Updated List of Traffic Violations and Fines in Delhi

Every vehicle owner in India should follow the rules and regulations mentioned under The Motor Vehicles Act. In 2019, the Parliament passed an amendment bill, which is called The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019. This new bill brought in updates to traffic violations and fines across the country. The new traffic rules and penalties came into effect in Delhi on September 1, 2019.

The following table lists the updated traffic violations and the revamped Delhi challan list.

Traffic violation

Vehicle type

Penalty (in Rs.)

Driving or riding a vehicle without valid Driving Licence

All vehicles

5,000 

Driving or riding a vehicle without valid insurance

All vehicles

2,000 (4,000 for repeat offence)

Driving or riding a vehicle without a valid Registration Certificate

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Overspeeding

All vehicles

LMV: 2,000, MMV/HTV: 4,000

Driving or riding a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substances

All vehicles

10,000 and/or 6 months of imprisonment (15,000 and/or 2 years of imprisonment for repeat offence)

Driving or riding a vehicle dangerously

All vehicles

5,000 and/or 6 months to 1 year imprisonment, seizure of Driving Licence

Red light jumping

All vehicles

1,000

Racing and speeding

All vehicles

5,000 and/or 3 months of imprisonment, community service (10,000 and/or up to 1 year of imprisonment, community service for repeat offence)

Driving or riding while using the mobile phone (handheld)

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Driving without wearing seatbelt

Car, van, truck, etc.

1,000

Riding without helmet (rider/pillion rider)

Two-wheeler

1,000

Defective helmet/wearing helmet without fastening the straps

Two-wheeler

1,000

Violation of stop line/yellow line

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Overloading of two-wheeler (triple riding)

Two-wheeler

1,000

Not giving way to emergency vehicles

All vehicles

10,000

Driving or riding a vehicle after disqualification

All vehicles

10,000

Offences related to juveniles

All vehicles

25,000 with 3 years of imprisonment, cancellation of registration for 1 year, juvenile will not be eligible for Driving Licence until the age of 25

Carrying goods in a passenger vehicle

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Driving a vehicle without valid permit

Transport/goods vehicles

10,000

Usage of pressure horn

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Usage of horn in No Honking/Silence zones

All vehicles

1,000 (2,000 for repeat offence)

Disobeying instructions from law enforcing authorities

All vehicles

2,000

Allowing unauthorised person to drive/ride a vehicle

All vehicles

5,000

Driving/riding a vehicle without a valid PUC certificate

All vehicles

10,000

Not displaying/fancy/defective number plate

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Violation of road regulations

All vehicles

500 to 2,000

Driving a car without an HSRP number plate

Car

Up to 10,000

New Traffic Rules in Delhi

In this section, let’s look at the important traffic rules for vehicles in Delhi. All vehicle owners/drivers, including two-wheelers, four-wheelers and heavy vehicles, need to follow these rules for the smooth movement of traffic and the safety of road users.

Traffic rules for four-wheeler drivers in Delhi

  • You should always wear a seatbelt while driving your vehicle. It also applies to passengers inside the vehicle.

  • Always carry all vehicle and driver-related documents when driving the vehicle. You can also produce soft copies of the documents on the DigiLocker app.

  • Never drive your vehicle in an inebriated state. It can lead to severe accidents and can put your and other road users’ safety on the line. The violation also attracts harsh penalties.

  • Never drive your vehicle while using a mobile phone. It is one of the major causes of distraction while driving. It also attracts a hefty traffic challan in Delhi.

  • Always follow lane discipline and never jump the signals, especially red lights. Red light jumping can attract harsh penalties in Delhi.

  • Do not park your vehicle in no-parking zones. Doing so will result in your vehicle being towed away, and you will get a parking fine in Delhi.

Traffic rules for two-wheeler riders in Delhi

  • Always wear a helmet while riding your two-wheeler. The same rule applies to the pillion rider as well.

  • Never ride your two-wheeler with more than two people. Including the rider. Overloading a two-wheeler can attract hefty fines in Delhi.

  • Do not overspeed, ride dangerously or get involved in road racing, as it can lead to severe accidents. Violating these rules can attract harsh penalties.

  • Follow lane discipline and avoid riding in a zig-zag pattern on roads. Doing so will be considered reckless or dangerous riding and will attract traffic challans.

  • Always carry the vehicle and driver-related documents when you ride your vehicle. Soft copies of the documents in the DigiLocker app will also do the job.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers related to traffic fines in Delhi.

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How can I check my traffic fine in Delhi?

You can visit the official online portal to check your traffic fines in Delhi. You can enter the vehicle registration number or Driving Licence number to get the details of traffic fines in Delhi. Alternatively, you can also check the traffic fine details on the ACKO app. Log on to the app and click on “RTO Info”, select e-Challan status and enter your vehicle’s registration number.

How can I pay the traffic police fine in Delhi?

You can pay Delhi traffic police fine online by visiting the online portal or the official website of the Delhi Traffic Police. You can also pay the traffic fine offline by visiting the nearest traffic police station.

What is the fine for drunk driving in Delhi?

The fine for drunk driving in Delhi stands at Rs. 10,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months. For subsequent offences, the penalty increases to Rs. 15,000 and/or imprisonment of 2 years.

What happens if I do not pay the traffic fine in Delhi?

If you do not make the payment for the traffic fine within the due date, the traffic police will visit your address to collect the fine. In case you are not available or unable to pay the penalty amount, you will get a summons to appear before the court and make the payment. If you do not comply, the authorities may suspend your Driving Licence.

Is the pillion rider required to wear a helmet on a two-wheeler?

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for both rider and pillion rider. If you do not wear a helmet, you may be issued a traffic challan by the Delhi traffic police.

Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is sourced from government websites and other platforms on the internet. They are subject to change depending on government notifications.

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