Consequences for Driving on Wrong Side

To ensure the safety of every citizen, the Government of India has made basic traffic rules such as driving within the speed limit and carrying a valid driving licence. However, often, vehicle owners violate these rules causing grave road accidents that even lead to an individual’s death. According to a traffic police survey in 2019, about 4.20 lakh road accidents were reported in India.

As per an estimate by the World Bank, India is responsible for 11% of the worldwide road accident fatalities, which is the highest in the world. To enhance road safety and prevent road accidents in the country, the Government has made modifications to the Motor Vehicle Act in the year 2019. The fines for violation of traffic rules have been increased substantially.

The penalty for driving on the wrong side of the road is between Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 and/or three-month imprisonment. The traffic police department is vigilant for violations, which has resulted in more citizens taking traffic rules seriously and driving responsibly. Individuals are aware that a vehicle insurance will not provide coverage against the revised penalties.

How to Avoid Traffic Violations and Penalties?

All citizens must follow a set of basic traffic rules to avoid paying fines. Given below are things you should keep in mind while driving:

  • Always carry your driving licence, vehicle insurance documents, Registration Certificate (RC), and Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC).
  • Make sure to avoid driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Always drive within the speed limit.
  • Ensure that you renew your PUC Certificate and vehicle insurance on time.

What to Do if You Get Caught as a Traffic Rule Violator?

In case you are caught violating a traffic rule, you will be asked to show your vehicle documents such as your driving licence, insurance, and RC. If you fail to do so, a challan will be issued to you for not producing the documents and breaching the traffic rules. You can either pay the penalty right away or visit the nearest police station.

Depending on the severity of the traffic rule you violated, your driving licence will be barred and/or you will have to serve imprisonment for three months. You will not be permitted to drive after your driving licence has been revoked. On completion of three months, you will be asked to appear in court and pay the required penalty to get your driving licence back.

How to Pay the Traffic Challan Online?

If you don’t wish to pay your penalty in cash, you can opt for online payment. For this, you have to visit the official website of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of your respective city. You will then have to search for the ‘traffic violation fines’ section and enter the registration number of your vehicle. You can choose to pay your fine via net banking, UPI, debit card, or credit card.

FAQs on Consequences for Driving on Wrong Side

  1. When did the amended Motor Vehicle Act take effect?
  2. The amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act are in effect from 1 September 2019.

  3. What is the fine I will have to pay for driving on the wrong side of the road?
  4. The fine for driving on the wrong side of the road is Rs.500 to Rs.1,000 and/or imprisonment of three months.

  5. Can I pay the traffic violation penalty online?
  6. Yes. You can pay the penalty online by visiting the RTO website of your respective city.

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