Higher fines against traffic violations
CHENNAI: The Union cabinet has approved to amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 which has allowed for higher fines against traffic violations. An increase in fines has come in after 28 years - increasing the minimum fine from Rs 100 to Rs 500.
Offenses like not wearing a helmet on a two-wheeler, seat belts in a car will attract a fine of Rs 1,000 - up by 10 times the previous amount. Under the new provisions, drunk-driving can set you back by Rs 10,000.
With Tamil Nadu and Chennai particularly leading the country in road accidents, activists welcome the move by the Central government. However, commuters say this should not be a reason for demanding higher bribes as well.
Officials from the Chennai Traffic Police are aware of the Union cabinet's approval are awaiting for the state government to approve it in the assembly and pass a government order.
Motorists pay the amount and have no qualms to pay the amount and continue to violate traffic rules. Having higher fines is definitely good for the city as it acts as a deterrent," said a senior traffic officer from the commissioner's office.