In a bid to bring down the number of road accidents and traffic violations, the state government announced a hike in fines for those not wearing a helmet, driving without a valid licence, sporting fancy number plates and indulging in acing.
The fines range from Rs500 to Rs2,000. While bikers found riding without helmets and without valid driving licence will have to pay Rs500 instead of Rs100, owners of vehicles with fancy number plates will be fined Rs1,000 instead of Rs100.
The fine for racing on roads and driving a four wheeler with a valid licence has been increased from Rs1,000 to Rs2,000. An official from the transport department said the fines were increased using government’s special powers.
“The Central government is bringing its own bill for higher penalties for violations. The changes made by us are the ones not proposed by the Centre,” he said. The government, while announcing the decision, said low fines was the reason behind increase in traffic violations by motorists.