Have you ever received a challan in your name? Were you mistakenly fined? Or maybe you violated the rules? Whatever the case may be, here are the different types of traffic offenses that can land you a challan and how you can avoid it.
Driving Without License Challan
According to the Motor Vehicle Act, driving a vehicle without a license is a serious traffic violation and hence illegal in India. Lately, the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 has been amended as a result of which the traffic fines have been increased. Driving without a license can now attract a fine up to Rs.5000 which was earlier only Rs.500. A driver’s license is an important document you should be carrying with you if you want to avoid getting a challan. In the past, people didn’t bother having a license with them but that does not make a cut anymore. Your Driver’s License certifies that you are permitted to drive on Indian roads so make sure to carry it with you while you’re driving if you want to avoid getting fined.
Driving over the speed limit is also another way you can land a challan of Rs.2,000. We usually get overexcited on seeing an empty vacant road and tend to overspeed. To curb the situation of overspeeding vehicles, Delhi has multiple speed cameras installed in different locations where you need to drive within the speed limit or you will be fined. Another example is the Mumbai Pune expressway which has a vehicle-activated speed-sign system and indicated the driver about their current speed.
Riding Without Helmet Challan
Driving without a helmet is very common among youngsters in order to look cool while driving a bike or scooter but it can cost Rs.2000 if you’re caught. It can also lead to suspension of your driving license and imprisonment for up to 3 months. So if you want to avoid getting fined make sure you wear your helmet while driving.
Drunken Driving Challan
A challan is issued against the person or in the worst-case, he/she can face imprisonment. As per the laws, a challan or fine is released against the driver found drunk and driving on road. The challan or punishment is decided according to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and a person is punishable under the Indian Penal Court. If you are found drunk while driving for the first time, then you can face imprisonment for 6 months. Besides this, a challan will be issued for Rs.10,000 against the person. If the same person is again found drunk while driving on a public road, then the challan of Rs.15,000 will be issued along with imprisonment for 2 years. If you are under influence make sure you ask someone else who isn’t drunk to drive for you, it’s not worth the money and can cost your life too.
Driving By Minor Challan
A minor driving a bike is common on the roads of India. If caught with underage driving you will be charged with an Rs.25,000 challan and the vehicle will be confiscated by the police. Minors violating the rules for an offense under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 will have to pay a fine and face the law under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000. Such minors violating will also not be eligible for applying for a learner’s license or driving license until he or she has attained the age of 25 years. Besides, the registration of the motor vehicle used in the ‘commission of the offense’ by the minor will be canceled by the registering authority for a period of 12 months.