Now be wary of breaking traffic rules in the state as the Punjab government has considerably increased fines for various traffic offences,while giving more powers to the traffic police. As per a notification issued by the state transport department on Friday,the minimum fine in the state has been hiked to Rs 300,while the maximum has been set at Rs 3,000.
As per the notification,jumping a red light,driving without seat belt,using mobiles while driving,riding without helmet,smoking while driving,wrong parking,triple riding and affixing unauthorised red or blue light,will now attract a fine of Rs 300,up from the present Rs 100,for the first violation and will be increased to Rs 600 for a second offence.
The usage of black films on window panes will result in a fine of Rs 1,000 for the first offence and Rs 2,000 for a repeat violation. For all these offences the state traffic police can challan and issue fines on the spot,but only an officer of the rank of Assistant Sub Inspector and above can do so.
The traffic police have also been given more powers. While at present,they can issue challans for 11 kinds of traffic violations,they can now compound challans for 14 offences. In the last two years,since 2010,when compounding powers were given to the police,they have been able to collect Rs 7.10 crore from fines and have issued around 6.70 lakh challans.
As per the figures at the Punjab Police Headquarters,a total of 3.95 lakh challans had been issued this year till May 31,of which,1.47 lakh were issued on the spot enabling the police to collect Rs 1.52 crore from fines.
Sources said that on Monday a meeting was held under Punjab Director General of Police SS Saini,in which,it was decided that the force will buy interceptor vehicles,speed radars,alcho meters (to check drunken driving) and around 300 e-challan machines. The traffic police already have 40 such machines.
Additional Director General of Police (Traffic),Punjab,RP Singh said: A zero tolerance policy will be followed towards traffic offences and special focus will be on over speeding,drunken driving and special checking of school buses.
The fine for over speeding has been increased to Rs 700 while a second offence will attract a fine of Rs 1,200.
The maximum fine of Rs 3,000 will be imposed on those driving without registration papers.