Understanding traffic signs is essential. Traffic signs act as silent conductors of the traffic on the road. Any person who holds a driving licence and is eligible to drive a vehicle should have proper knowledge of traffic signs. The government has made it mandatory for any person who wants to obtain a driving licence to be well-versed with the traffic signs.
There are numerous traffic signs and each has its own purpose. The various traffic safety signs have been divided into three categories. They are:
Functions of traffic signs
Knowledge of traffic signs for any driver is necessary as they perform certain functions which are essential for road safety. The functions performed by traffic signs are:
The importance of traffic signs and road rules cannot be ignored in one’s life and it should be given paramount importance. Any driver who is driving a vehicle on the road should be aware of all the traffic signs and rules. The government has already made it mandatory for any person who wishes to obtain a driving licence in India for the different traffic signs and rules.
Aside from the traffic signs that are displayed by the government to ensure road safety and smooth operation of the traffic, other traffic signs such as road safety signs and rules have to be displayed and followed by the driver while driving. The list of these rules and signs is mentioned below:
Traffic rules ensure safety on the roads and prevent accidents from occurring. The government has levied various fines on violation of traffic rules, but with more and more number of vehicles operating on Indian roads every day, there is a need for the traffic rules to be updated continuously. The government has a unique research and development department for this purpose. The objective of such a department is to ensure that there is traffic discipline on the road and it can operate smoothly.
The new traffic rules have been implemented in different regions of the country with varying effects. The residents should be aware of the new and updated traffic rules as well so that they do not violate any. The newly updated traffic rules laid down by the research and development department are as follows:
The newly updated traffic rules will not only ensure the smooth operation of traffic on the roads will also reduce the possibility of any accidents occurring on the road.
Yes, hand signals play an important part of traffic signs in the country.
In case, the amber light is flashed, the driver should become alert.
Yes, traffic police can impose a fine on you, if the helmet does not have the ISI mark.
The main function of traffic signs is to ensure smooth operations of traffic on the roads.
Yes, you need to be well-versed with the traffic signs, if you want to obtain a driving license in the country. You will be tested on it during the learners license test.
An online portal has been launched by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the renewal of driver’s license. The online portal will be available in 254 LTOs across India. According to the Department of Transportation, individuals must process their driver’s license applications on the Land Transport Management System (LTMS). Currently, the portal only allows for the application of new and renewal of licenses. Certain other miscellaneous transactions are also allowed. On completing the registration procedure on portal.lto.gov.ph., individuals can book an appointment as well as pay for several driving license transactions. Currently, the LTO portal is a pilot test and will gradually be launched as the agency looks to make it the new normal because of the coronavirus outbreak. The LTMS is looking to reduce physical contact because of COVID-19 and individuals can make transactions online.
1 July 2020
Navi Mumbai police has said that repeated offenders on the road will be punished with their licence being revoked for at least for a period of 3 months. Currently around 1,085 traffic offenders are at the risk of losing their licence. More than a 100 licences have been suspended already with 400 traffic department personnel keeping a track of any offences that are committed on the road. The drive to suspend licence of the regular offenders has come about from the great number of fatal accidents that have occured in Navi Mumbai recently.
Some of the offences for which the traffic police will revoke the licence of the offenders are jumping red lights for which 548 cases have been registered, talking on the mobile phone while driving for which 325 cases have been registered, drunk driving for which 199 cases have been registered and riding two wheeler without wearing a helmet. Currently, the Mumbai traffic police department has stationed 400 officials to issue challans and send details to the RTO about the suspension of the driving licences.
18 December 2018
In a new initiative, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways will release real time accident videos which can be seen by the general public. The government believes that showing original videos of accidents will help raise awareness about the hazards of road commute. As per the Union Road Transport secretary, YS Malick, the original videos will have much more of an impact on the commuters than any advisory issued by the government. Malick also said that similar initiatives had been conducted in Australia and United Kingdom with the results being successful.
With the number of deaths caused by road accidents in India ever increasing, the government is taking steps to curb it. The government believes that showing real time videos of accidents will instigate the public to question themselves about following road safety rules. Rather than the public adhering to the traffic rules, it is more important to change the thought process.
25 September 2018
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