There are some important traffic rules that every motorists/driver should be aware of and abide by when driving in India. These traffic Rules are discussed below.
- Drivers’ Alcoholic intake while Driving:
Section 185 – 202 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 empowers a Police officer to arrest, without warrant, if your 100ml blood contains more than 30mg of alcoholic content while driving.
A person who is a first-time offender is liable to imprisonment of up to 6months and/or fine up to Rs. 10000. Any other person apart from a first-time offender, the second time offender is liable to imprisonment up to 2 years and/or fine of Rs. 15000.
- Wearing of Helmet
Section 129 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act mandatorily requires that helmet must be worn by two-wheeler riders.
- Number of Riders on a Bike
By virtue of Section 128 of the Motor Vehicle Act, the maximum number of persons who can ride a bike are two persons.
- Racing and Speeding
A first-time offender, who is found guilty of racing and speeding on the roads (i.e. driving above the required speed), is liable to imprisonment up to 1 month and/or fine of Rs. 500.
For a second time offender, he/she is liable to an imprisonment up to 1 month and/or fine up to Rs. 1000.
- Driving an Uninsured Vehicle
The law requires that every vehicle must be insured. Thus, if you drive an uninsured vehicle, you are liable to attract a penalty of imprisonment up to 3 months and/or fine of Rs.2000 – for first-time offenders.
For second-time offenders, you are liable to attract a penalty of imprisonment up to 3 months and/or fine of Rs.4000.
- Driving When you have been Disqualified from Driving
Any person who continues to drive in contravention of his disqualification, will attract a fine of Rs.10,000.
- Travelling without a Ticket
There is a current requirement that every person travelling in a State transport bus must possess a ticket. This requirement has been made effective from 1st of September, 2019.
Thus, if you travel in a State transport bus without your ticket, you will attract a fine up to Rs. 200 – Rs. 500.