The Maharashtra government Thursday increased penalties for road safety and traffic violations, including rash driving, over speeding, and driving without a valid licence, among others, for improving road safety.
Transport Minister Diwakar Raote announced in the Assembly that the existing fines weren’t deterrent enough. “There has been a rise in traffic indiscipline. It is necessary to increase penalties to rein in errant drivers from breaking rules,” he said.
Incidentally, the new fines proposed are lower than the ones proposed in the Centre’s draft amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act, which was approved by the Union Cabinet Thursday.
Traffic rule enforcers will now collect Rs 500 for riding without a helmet as compared to Rs 100 earlier. A similar hike has also been given for offences such as driving without a valid licence, driving a car without being qualified to do so, or non-compliance of road safety-related directives from the enforcers.
Use of unauthorised fancy number plates, over speeding, rash driving and riding a two-wheeler without a valid licence will now invite a penalty of Rs 1,000, whereas unauthorised bike and car racing, or driving a car without a valid registration or insurance would be fined Rs 2,000.
Incidentally, legislative assembly members demanded that the fines be further increased. Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Jayant Patil said even the revised penalties were miniscule.
Raote said that the government would incorporate the suggestion subsequently.