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TAKING A tough stance against violations of traffic rules, the State Government has decided to introduce the system of on-the-spot realisation of penalty from the offenders.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 00:48 IST

TAKING A tough stance against violations of traffic rules, the State Government has decided to introduce the system of on-the-spot realisation of penalty from the offenders.

A notification authorising the inspectors and sub inspectors of the traffic police along with the SHOs of the district police to realise penalty has been issued. The State Government has also decided to launch a special 15-day drive against traffic violations from July 10.

Giving this information, Home secretary RM Srivastava said the existing system of issuing challans to offenders would also continue. So far only gazetted officers were authorised to realise penalty from the offenders, he said adding the cases of those who fail to pay the fine would, however, be referred to courts.

As per the decision, first time offenders would be charged Rs 100 for violations of plying vehicles registered in other states for 12 months, failure to present the driving licence, using walkman or a mobile telephone while driving the vehicle, ignoring the red light/yellow light, changing lane without indicators, carrying two pillions on a scooter, dangerous parking at a public place, no seat belts both by the driver or the passenger sitting on the front seat of a car. A penalty of Rs 200 would be charged from second time onwards.

Those who might have given their driving licence to someone else or are found driving a two-wheeler without a helmet would be charged a penalty of Rs 100 for first time violation. Second time offenders in such cases would be charged a penalty of Rs 250.

The first time penalty would be Rs 100 for driving a vehicle without number plate and using number plate not made in accordance with prescribed format. A penalty of Rs 300 would, however, be charged from second time offenders. A penalty of Rs 350 would be charged for driving a vehicle without a driving licence or for providing wrong information.

Significantly, the penalty for violating road safety rules, exceeding the standards of sound control and air pollution, would be Rs 1000 for first time offenders. A penalty of Rs 2000 would be charged second time onwards. Violation of legal provisions would lead to penalty of Rs 200.