• Traffic rules violations and fines in Chennai

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    Chennai is one of the major metropolitan cities in India. Since the city is witnessing a massive growth, its vehicle traffic is also growing alongside on a massive scale. The Chennai City Traffic Police has outlined many strict regulations to ensure that the city’s vehicle traffic is in order. Any violation of these traffic rules and regulations would attract penalties from vehicle owners/drivers. In 2017, the Tamil Nadu government published the list of traffic violations and the fines that must be paid by offenders. These fines are in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988.

    List of traffic rules violations and fines in Chennai

    The following table provides the list of traffic rules violations and the fines imposed by the traffic police for these violations:

    Type of violation Fines
    If the driver disobeys any lawful direction provided by a person in authority Rs.150
    If the owner of the vehicle is driving
    a. without a driving license Rs.300
    b. without a transport vehicle authorisation Rs.150
    c. when under the legal age limit Rs.300
    d. in breach of the learner’s permit conditions Rs.150
    If a driver is driving
    a. without a driving license Rs.300
    b. without a transport vehicle authorisation Rs.150
    c. when under the legal age limit Rs.300
    d. in breach of the learner’s permit conditions Rs.150
    Driving at excessive speed Rs.300
    Causing a driver to drive at excessive speed Rs.200
    If the vehicle speed is dangerous to the public Rs.350
    If the vehicle is driven in a manner dangerous to the public Rs.500
    If a person is driving when deemed mentally or physically unfit to drive Rs.150
    If a driver is participating in a race trial of speed without government consent Rs.300
    If a vehicle is being driven with a smoky exhaust Rs.100
    If a vehicle is being driven by substances that are not meant to be used as fuel (e.g. Kerosene or diesel in two or three wheelers) Rs.200
    If a vehicle is violating noise pollution norms Rs.100
    If a vehicle is violating air pollution norms Rs.400
    If a driver is violating standards related to control of road safety Rs.500
    If a driver is driving an unregistered motorcycle Rs.100
    If a driver is driving an unregistered three-wheeler Rs.150
    If a driver is driving an unregistered light motor vehicle Rs.250
    If a driver is driving any other unregistered motor vehicle Rs.500
    If a two-wheeler is being driven without a valid insurance Rs.100
    If a three-wheeler is being driven without a valid insurance Rs.200
    If a light motor vehicle is being driven without a valid insurance Rs.300
    Driving without a valid number plate Rs.300 for the first time; Rs.600 for subsequent charges
    Driving without paying the required road tax Rs.300 for the first time; Rs.600 for subsequent charges
    Failure to report a change in address to authorities Rs.300 for the first time; Rs.600 for subsequent charges
    Failure to report a change in ownership Rs.300 for the first time; Rs.600 for subsequent charges
    Failure to transfer the vehicle registration within 12 months of moving to another state Rs.300 for the first time; Rs.600 for subsequent charges
    If a car is polluting more than the standard level Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000
    If the driver of a hire vehicle refuses service to a passenger for a short distance Rs.100 to Rs.300
    If the driver of a hire vehicle tampers the meter reading Rs.100 to Rs.300
    If the driver of a hire vehicle has one or more passengers standing Rs.300 to Rs.600
    If a driver is talking on the phone while driving Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000
    Driving into a no-entry zone Rs.2,000 to Rs.5,000
    Carrying inflammable articles in a vehicle Rs.300 to Rs.600
    Disobeying a direct order from the traffic police Rs.300 to Rs.600
    Driving a vehicle in a pedestrian zone Rs.300 to Rs.600
    Driving a two-wheeler without a helmet Rs.100 to Rs.300
    Disobeying a signal Rs.300 to Rs.600

    Conclusion

    The fines listed above are typically collected for various common traffic rules violations. If you are ever caught for any of these violations, you need to stop the vehicle immediately and pay the necessary fines. Fleeing the scene will only cause you further troubles. A similar thing can also be said for accidents. Trying to flee the scene after an accident will attract serious penalties that could include jail time. If you are ever caught on the wrong side of the law, it is better to face the situation by cooperating with the police department.

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