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Traffic violations to soon cost Delhiites dearer

Jumping the traffic signal, over-speeding or driving without helmet will soon burn a deep hole in your pocket, with the penalty being at least three times of what you pay presently for any violation of traffic norms. Subhendu Ray reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:10 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

Jumping the traffic signal, over-speeding or driving without helmet will soon burn a deep hole in your pocket, with the penalty being at least three times of what you pay presently for any violation of traffic norms.

"Settling for R100 or so violation of traffic norms is going to be a matter of past," said a senior traffic police officer.

After being successful in imposing a penalty of R2000 under a special provision of the Motor Vehicles Act on entering lanes dedicated for Commonwealth Games traffic, the Delhi traffic police have proposed an amendment in penalty for all kinds of traffic norm violations in a bid to streamline traffic management.

The proposal has been given in-principle nod by members of the Expert Committee on Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, which would be finalised in a high level meeting on December 30.

The expert committee was formed by the ministry of road transport and highways to review all aspects of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

"Our proposal was to increase the penalty for traffic norm violation by at least five times. All members of the committee have come to a consensus to revise the penalty," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic), who is a member of the expert committee.

SK Dash, joint secretary, department of road transport and highways said, "The Motor Vehicle Act Amendment Bill would be ready within a week or so. The committee would be proposing an increase of penalty by three times for traffic norm violation, among other suggested amendments in the act."

First Published: Dec 16, 2010 01:08 IST