Motorists flouting traffic rules have had to pay a significantly higher amount since the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 came into effect across the country from Sunday, September 1. Just a day later, on Monday, a man on a scooter found out just how much the fines can burn a hole in the pocket after he was found guilty of violating five traffic rules and was fined a total of Rs 23,000.
Dinesh Madan, a resident of Delhi's Geeta Colony, was on his scooter when he was stopped by traffic cops opposite Gurugram's District Court. He did not have a driving license at the time - a fine of Rs 5,000 under the new rules. He also did not have a registration certificate for his scooter - that's another fine of Rs 5,000. He did not have any third-party insurance either - a fine of Rs 2,000. He was not wearing a helmet which meant a fine of Rs 1,000. To top it all, his scooter was found violating air pollution standards which calls for a fine of Rs 10,000. This took the grand total of the fine to an astounding Rs 23,000.
It is reported that Madan's scooter was impounded and he will now have to pay the fine either online or in court.
The revised structure of fines for traffic violators ranges from jumping the red-light of which the fine has been revised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 to driving without wearing the seat belt, which earlier invited a fine of Rs 100 but will now attract a fine of Rs 1000.
Traffic cops across the country have been working round the clock to check on offenders and have been appealing to motorists to adhere to prescribed road rules.
In Gurugram in particular, traffic cops issued 950 fines on Monday alone.
(Additional reporting by Alok Upadhyay in Gurugram)