Traffic rules and violation in Chennai

With ever increasing number of vehicles operating on the roads of Chennai and with an increase in offences committed on the road by the drivers, the Tamil Nadu government has taken stringent action to stop these offences. In 2017, the Tamil Nadu government published a set of violations under the 1988 Motor Vehicle Act.

List of possible traffic violations and fines in Chennai

A list of possible traffic violations that can be committed on the roads of Chennai and the fine levied for it by the government is mentioned in the table below:

Type of offence committed Fine levied (in Rs.)
The driver driving the vehicle is disobeying lawful direction (disrespect / disobedience to a person in authority as deemed by law) 150
The owner of the vehicle is causing another person to drive the vehicle:  
1. without a driving license. 300
2. without a transport vehicle authorization. 150
3. while still being underage. 300
4. in breach of condition of learner's license 150
The driver is driving the vehicle:  
1. without a driving license. 300
2. without a transport vehicle authorization. 150
3. while still being underage. 300
4. in breach of condition of learner's license. 150
The driver is driving the vehicle at excessive speed. 300
A person is causing the driver of the vehicle to drive at excessive speed. 200
The driver is driving the vehicle at a speed which is dangerous to the public. 350
The driver is driving the vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public. 500
The driver is driving when he or she has been declared mentally or physically unfit to drive. 150
The driver is permitting or taking part in a race trial of Speed without written permission of the State Government 300
The driver is driving the vehicle with emission of smoky exhaust. 100
The driver is driving a two wheeler or three wheeler vehicle which uses Kerosene or diesel or any other chemical that is not meant to be used as fuel. 200
The driver is driving a vehicle which is violating the standards related to control of noise. 100
The driver is driving a vehicle which is violating the standards related to control of air-pollution. 400
The driver is driving a vehicle which is violating the standards related to control of road safety. 500
The driver is driving a motorcycle that is not registered with the registering authority. 100
The motor vehicle is driving a three wheeler vehicle that is not registered with the registering authority. 150
The motor vehicle is driving any other light motor vehicle that is not registered with the registering authority. 250
The driver is driving any other motor vehicle when it has not properly registered with the registering authority. 500
The driver is driving a two wheeler vehicle without obtaining its valid insurance. 100
The driver is driving a three wheeler without obtaining its valid insurance. 200
The driver is driving any other light motor vehicle without getting a valid insurance. 300
The driver is driving the vehicle without the number plate. For first time offenders, the fine to be paid is Rs.300 otherwise the charge levied is Rs.600.
The driver is driving the motor vehicle without having paid the road tax levied by the government on time. For first time offenders, the fine to be paid is Rs.300 otherwise the charge levied is Rs.600.
The owner of the vehicle has not reported a change in address to the authorities. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid is Rs.300.
The owner of the vehicle has not reported the change in its ownership. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600.
The owner of the vehicle has not registered the vehicle in his or her current state of residence within 12 months of its transfer from another state. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600.
The vehicle is emitting more pollution than the standard level. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.1000 to Rs.2000.
The driver of the vehicle which is for rent or hire refuses service to a passenger for a short distance. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.100 to Rs.300 under section 377.
The driver of the vehicle has installed a false meter. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.100 to Rs.300.
The driver of the vehicle is driving the vehicle with one or more passengers travelling in standing position in the front portion of the vehicle. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600.
The driver of the vehicle has driven it in a no entry zone. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.2000 to Rs.5000.
The driver is carrying inflammable articles inside his vehicle while driving. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600 under section 177.
The driver has disobeyed orders from the police. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600.
The driver is driving the vehicle on the pedestrian street. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.300 to Rs.600.
The driver of a two wheeler vehicle is driving it without wearing the helmet. If this offence has been committed, the fine to be paid will range from Rs.100 to Rs.300.

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News About Traffic rules and violation in Chennai

  • Driving licence now available in smart card format in Chennai

    Residents of Chennai can now carry driving licence in the smart card format. The smart card will be embedded with smart chip that will also have security features. The smart card in which the driving licence can be carried was inaugurated in a function by transport minister Vijaybhaskar. The function was held at Regional transport office in south Chennai. The smart card that will be manufactured by the state government will based on the guidelines provided by the central government. The smart card will have two sections namely Visual Interpretation Zone (VIZ) and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ).  

    The time that will be taken by the state authorities to issue the smart card is one hour after the applicant completes the driving tests and provides the data. The smart card was introduced a few years back but will now be implemented in all 24 districts across the state.  

    24 January 2019

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