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NEWS TRAFFIC RULES FINES
NEW DELHI: If fear about law is key to compliance, it’s just about happening in India, known for its chaotic public life. A two-wheeler rider was slapped with a challan totaling Rs 23,000 on Monday, in what is seen as the start of the new, strengthened Motor Vehicle Rules across the country. The new rules came into being since Saturday midnight, or September 1.
The rider did not have a driving licence to produce before cops, and no registration papers, no third-party insurance. Worse, he did not wear helmet. The total fines came to a big sum. In Delhi alone, as many as 3,900 challans were issued on day one on September 1.
Several penalties of a casual nature like Rs 100 or similar fines have been raised by 10 fold in the new rules, putting fear in the minds of the people. Drunk driving, which caused a lot of accidents and deaths in the past, will now entail a fine of Rs 10,000 plus six months’ jail or both depending on the severity of the situation. IHN-NN
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