Save Lives and Heavy Penalties with These 5 Traffic Rules

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20 May 2023

Essential Traffic Rules: Promoting Safety and Minimizing Penalties for a Safer Road Environment

The demise of the former chairman of Tata Sons - Cyrus Mistry's road accident sought the attention of authorities towards road safety rules. It focused on what precautions can be taken to prevent road accidents in India.

Over the past few years, road accidents due to over-speeding to drunk driving have been on the rise. As per the 2020 report on Road Accidents in India, more than 11% of injuries and death are caused due to not wearing seat belts. And this report will shock you that over 26% of injuries and over 30% of deaths were caused due to not wearing a helmet while driving.

So, to reduce road accidents and ensure people's safety, the government has improved and implemented the Motor Vehicles ACT 1998. Let's see these traffic rules.

1.Fine for not wearing a Helmet

a.The driver's helmet should be worn properly, and straps need to be tied properly; if not, the driver has to bear a fine of Rs.1000/- as per the latest implementation in the traffic rules of Motor vehicles ACT 1998.

b.According to the MoRTH(Ministry of Road Transport and Highways), the helmet should be ISI-marked.

c.Wearing or selling the helmet without an ISI mark is a punishable offense.

d.The cover for the eyes used in the helmet must be transparent.

e.The helmet must have a BIS Certificate.

2.Fine for when Children are not wearing Helmets (Two-wheelers).

a.Children under the age of four years must wear helmets and, along with riders, should also use harness belts for them as a precautionary measure.

b.The speed of the rider must not exceed more than 40 Kmph when driving with children below the age of four.

c.If the driver does not follow the above, then he has to bear the fine of Rs. 1000/- followed by the suspension of his driving license for three months.

3.Fine has to pay for Overloading the Vehicles.

a.The driver has to bear a huge fine of Rs. 20,000/-, As per the latest implementation in the Motor vehicles ACT 1998 for overloading the two-wheeler vehicle. And the driver will be fined Rs. 2000/- per tonne further.

4.A driving license must be linked with the QR code.

a. As per the new commencement in the road safety rules of Motor vehicles ACT 1998, a QR code will be introduced in the booklet, which will have all the data which is required or related to the driver. Due to this QR code implementation on the booklet, the verification process of the driver will get easier.

5.Permit of Uniform International Driving.

a.IDP (International Driving Permit) was introduced by MoRTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways), which is the same across all states of the country, where all the documents of the driver will be issued in the form of a booklet.

b.IDP (International Driving Permit) is valid in 102 countries around the globe, and this will help Indians in other countries regarding the verification of drivers.

Conclusion

The traffic authorities often face immense difficulties in managing the traffic and increasing rate of accidents. As a person behind the wheel, it is our responsibility to take the traffic rules seriously and follow them to avoid any penalties. Moreover, be sure to have auto insurance in place for your vehicle, which you should get from a top & reliable company.


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