The increase of fines and penalties under the amended Motor Vehicle Act has resulted in a ton of cases where people were heavily fined for flouting traffic rules. Everyone from regular commuters and tourists to cab and truck drivers have been penalised heavily if found not following the regulations. In a recent incident, a cab driver from Kolar, Karnataka, was jailed by the cops after he released a video in which he challenged the cops to catch if they can. In the video, he said that he has been driving around in Bengaluru without the necessary documents. The video below by Public TV | ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಟಿವಿ shows the before and after scenario after the man was put behind the bars.
During the first part of the video, the man, who works as a cab driver, is seen abusing and challenging the cops to take action against him. The video became viral on social media and even a few cops saw it, which later led to him being nabbed. Named Ravi, he is a resident of Machubayanahalli village of Hunsur Taluk in Mysore district. He challenged the police to arrest him since he was angry with traffic cops who assaulted and abused a fellow van driver whom he knew. The treatment meted out to his fellow drive friend by the cops was the reason behind his move.
In the angry selfie video he made while sitting in his car, the man said that he is a cabbie and has been driving in Bangalore without any papers (RC, DL etc). He said that he has no record of the car he drives. He then went on to abuse the cops and dares them to catch him if they can. After around two days of his posting the video on social media, the cops nabbed him and put him behind the cars for driving without papers. While the police might have been a bit harsh on his friend, calling the cops out through a video and telling them about your illegal acts is certainly not a wise thing to do. Moreover, challenging the cops to arrest you over your illegal deeds is something that is a sure-shot way of landing behind the bars.
Of late, there have been a lot of protests about the amended Motor Vehicle Act. Several states have even stopped the implementation of the new fines and penalties while a few other states have reduced the fines. Driving without insurance now will set you back by Rs. 2,000. Also, driving without a licence now attracts a fine of Rs. 5,000 compared to the earlier fine of Rs. 500. Talking about the amended MV Act, it now also includes compensation of Rs.5 lakhs for death and Rs. 2.5 lakhs for grievous injuries in the event of an accident. Some of the major offences and their fines include Rs. 10,000 fine for driving despite disqualification, Rs.10,000 for not giving way to emergency vehicles, Rs.1,000-Rs.2,000 for over-speeding and Rs. 2,000 fine for driving without insurance.
Also, the amended MV Act now has provisions to fine traffic personals and road contractors. For instance, if a police officer is found guilty of any offence under the Motor Vehicle Act, he will have to chuck out double the amount than what is mentioned for civilians. Some of the other fines that have been increased substantially now include riding without a helmet (Rs.1,000 and 3 months suspension of license), juveniles caught riding/driving (guardian/vehicle owner responsible with a fine of Rs. 25,000 and cancelling of registration) and drunk driving (Rs. 10,000).