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List of Traffic Fines & Rules in West Bengal

Team AckoMar 8, 2024

West Bengal is a state in the eastern part of India. It is the fourth-most populous state in the country.

The state is known for its rich culture and heritage and attracts people from around the nation. Industrial and tourism development has led to a rapid increase in the number of vehicles in the state. 

The unfortunate result of it is the increase in traffic violations (like driving/riding a vehicle without valid car/bike insurance).

As a result, the state authorities have introduced updated rules and regulations to control traffic violations. Read on to learn more about new traffic rules and fines in West Bengal.

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Updated List of Traffic Violations and Fines in West Bengal

Every road user in West Bengal, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, must follow traffic rules and regulations. It ensures the safety of everyone on the road and facilitates smooth traffic flow. Traffic violations are on the rise due to the rapidly increasing number of vehicles. To put a break on that, the Indian government amended The Motor Vehicles Act and brought stricter rules and increased traffic fines.

The same set of rules and regulations came into effect in West Bengal to curb the ever-increasing traffic violations across the state. The updated traffic rules and regulations are stricter, and the challan amounts have gone up significantly. It is done as a measure to spread awareness about the importance of following these rules.

The following table provides all the details related to traffic fines in West Bengal and the updated rules and regulations.

Traffic violation

Vehicle type

Penalty (in Rs.)

Driving or riding without Driving Licence (DL)

All vehicles

5,000 

Driving/riding a vehicle without registration

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Driving/riding an uninsured vehicle

All vehicles

2,000 (4,000 for repeat offence)

Overspeeding related offences

Two/three/four-wheeler (LMV)

1,000 (2,000 for repeat offence)

Overspeeding related offences

Bus/MGV/HGV

2,000 (4,000 for repeat offence)

Driving a vehicle dangerously

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Driving a vehicle without fastening the seat belt

Four-wheeler

1,000

Riding without helmet

Two-wheeler

1,000

Driving a vehicle when physically or mentally unfit

All vehicles

1,000 (2,000 for repeat offence)

Racing in a public place without permission from the relevant authority

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Driving a vehicle with a disqualified status

All vehicles

10,000

Usage of mobile phone/earphones when driving a vehicle

All vehicles

5,000 (10,000 for repeat offence)

Honking in a silent zone

All vehicles

1,000 (2,000 for repeat offence)

Allowing a person to drive a vehicle without DL

All vehicles

5,000

Driving a vehicle without Fitness Certificate

Transport/goods vehicles

10,000

Driving a vehicle without a valid permit

All vehicles

10,000

Driving a vehicle without a valid PUC certificate

All vehicles

2,000

Vehicle not fitted with a horn or fitted with a harsh-sounding horn

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Violation of traffic signal rules

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

U-turn related violations

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Not obeying orders from authorities

All vehicles

2,000

Changing lanes without a signal

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Violation related to road safety control, noise and air pollution

All vehicles

10,000

Violations related to stopping line

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Riding on footpath

Two-wheeler

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Usage of dazzling light in a vehicle

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

Juvenile driving a vehicle

All vehicles

5,000

Dangerous overtaking

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

A vehicle with a defective number plate

All vehicles

500 (1,500 for repeat offence)

New Traffic Rules in West Bengal

Traffic rules in West Bengal are in line with the new amendment to The Motor Vehicles Act. That means the rules are stricter, and fines have increased significantly, especially for severe traffic violations. It comes as a countermeasure to tackle the increasing traffic violations and road accidents. In the following sections, we highlight the new traffic rules in West Bengal for four-wheeler and two-wheeler owners/drivers. 

Traffic rules for four-wheeler drivers in West Bengal

  • Never overspeed while driving your car or any four-wheeler. It is one of the most common reasons for road accidents. Always stick to the speed limit. Disregarding this rule can result in traffic fines in West Bengal.

  • Always fasten the seatbelt when driving your car. It can save your life in case of unfortunate incidents such as car crashes. Not obeying this rule can attract traffic challans in West Bengal.

  • Never talk or text on a mobile phone while driving a vehicle. It can lead to severe consequences. Mobile phones cause a distraction while driving and can lead to accidents. Flouting this rule can attract heavy penalties.

  • Do not drive in a zig-zag pattern or change lanes abruptly while driving a four-wheeler. It can be dangerous to other motorists and lead to accidents. Always follow lane discipline to be safe on the road. Not following this rule can result in traffic fines.

  • Always carry the mandatory documents while driving. The authorities can demand those documents during an inspection. If you fail to produce them, you may receive a traffic fine.

Traffic rules for two-wheeler riders in West Bengal

  • Do not ride a two-wheeler with more than one pillion rider. Overloading two-wheelers can be dangerous as it can cause imbalance leading to an accident. Ignoring this rule can attract heavy traffic fines.

  • Do not ride your two-wheeler without wearing proper headgear (helmet). Doing so can compromise your safety, as a helmet can save you from severe head injuries in case of a crash. Ignoring this rule can result in traffic fines.

  • Never overspeed while riding a two-wheeler. It can cause accidents and endanger the safety of other road users. Neglecting this rule can cause hefty traffic fines in West Bengal.

  • Never use a mobile phone while riding a two-wheeler. It can cause distraction and hamper your ability to control the vehicle. Ultimately, it can lead to accidents. Flouting this rule results in traffic penalties.

  • Carry all necessary documents while riding your two-wheeler. Failure to produce those documents during a general inspection can result in traffic fines.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most common questions and their answers related to traffic fines in West Bengal.

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How can I check traffic fines in West Bengal?

You can visit Parivahan’s e-challan portal to check traffic fines in West Bengal. You can enter your vehicle number to check the same. You can also download the ACKO smartphone application to check the status of traffic challans in West Bengal.

Is there a traffic fine for not carrying the RC (Registration Certificate) when driving my car in West Bengal?

You must carry the RC of your vehicle at all times when driving. If the authorities demand it during an inspection, you must be able to produce it. Failing to do so can result in traffic fines.

What is the fine for overspeeding on a two-wheeler in West Bengal?

The penalty for overspeeding on a two-wheeler in West Bengal stands at Rs. 1,000 — the fine increases to Rs. 2,000 for a repeat offence.

Where can I get more information about West Bengal traffic rules?

You can visit the West Bengal Traffic Police’s official website to find more information about the updated traffic rules and regulations.

How can I pay traffic fines in West Bengal?

You can clear the pending traffic fines by visiting the e-challan portal of Parivahan. You can enter the challan number or vehicle number, verify the challan and make the online payment.

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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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