The traffic rules of India are getting more and more strict. There have been a lot of amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act and the fines for violating the traffic rules have also been increased significantly. People now know most of the laws for which cops can fine them. However, there are still some rules that many people are not aware of. Today, we list down such traffic offences for which you can be fined.
Smoking in the vehicle
The government has banned smoking in public places but do you know that smoking in the car is also illegal in Delhi NCR. The rule also says that you can be fined even if the vehicle is parked at a public place and the occupants are smoking. The reason behind this is smoking distracts the driver which can be dangerous.
We have seen some people are obsessed with watching YouTube videos or television while driving a vehicle. It is common sense that this can be very dangerous as it will break the attention of the driver. In Mumbai, you can get fined for installing devices in the car that can play a video. Now, some manufacturers are offering infotainment systems that can play videos. However, these infotainments are connected to the ECU of the vehicle. So, the video is played only when the vehicle is parked.
Giving a lift to unknown people
Most people do not know about this but the Motor Vehicle Act of India does not allow the driver to give a lift to unknown people. If a person is found giving a lift to someone, his vehicle can be seized. This rule is made to prevent the occupants from getting robbed. Further, it also helps in ensuring that private vehicles are not being used for commercial purposes.
Borrowing a car
This rule was made for Chennai. What happened there is thieves started getting away from the cops by saying that they have borrowed the vehicle from their friend or a relative. The rule says that the owner should be aware that the car is being borrowed by the driver. If the owner is not aware of his car being borrowed then the driver would have to pay a fine or can even go to jail.
Not having a first aid kit
This rule is applicable in Kolkata and Chennai. According to the rule, failure to provide first aid to any occupants in the car in case of an accident is a violation of road safety rules. The violator can go to jail and can be fined too. The rule was mandated so that every vehicle has a first aid kit. Now, all automobile manufacturers offer a first aid kit with their vehicles.
Leaving the car on idle
In Mumbai, if your car is found to be idling then cops can fine the driver of the vehicle. This rule is applicable on traffic lights or when the vehicle is parked on the side of the road. This rule was made so that the drivers start saving some fuel by turning off the vehicle when it is not in use.
Blocking the way in a parking
You might have experienced this one on our Indian roads. People would often just leave their vehicle without properly parking it. Their vehicle then causes blockage for other vehicles that are properly parked. The rules say that blocking the way of any other car in a parking lot is an offence and the driver would be fined. This rule was created so that the drivers park their vehicles properly and do not cause inconvenience to other vehicles.