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Ignorance is bliss or is it: Traffic offences

  • Mar 06, 2016
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[caption id="attachment_96383" align="alignnone" width="647"]If you are found having tinted glass on your car, you are asking for trouble. If you are found having tinted glass on your car, you are asking for trouble. (Photo courtesy: India Today)[/caption]

So, you love listening to music while driving! Drive in the night using a high beam when not required! Or have a silencer that is making too much of a noise! Well, get ready to pay for your sins then, or ignorance. The people in our country are not exactly law abiding, but these bizarre traffic offences will make sure that even the safest and the most law abiding drivers are sure to break the traffic law once in a while. We bring you a list of weird traffic offences that you might have never known about or even the fact that they exist. We recommend that you read these carefully, so that the next time you are out driving in the city; you are not taken aback if a traffic cop asks you to pull up because your car does not have side mirrors.

1. Playing music while driving: Yes! Playing music while driving your car is a traffic offence under section DMVR 102/177 of the Motor Vehicle Act. And the penalty for the same is Rs. 100. So do not be surprised if the traffic cop sees you crooning to your favourite song in the car and asks you to shell out a hundred rupee note.

2. Driving without side mirrors: Although all the cars get side mirrors these days, but if for some reason, your car doesn’t have a side mirror on the right or it’s broken, you are liable to pay a fine of Rs. 100. This is in accordance with the section 5, 7/177 MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act.

3. Using high beam when not required: If you are driving with the high beam on, without good reason, then, you are messing with the law again. According to the section 112(G) A DMVR 177 MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act, you are liable to pay Rs. 100 as fine. So, use the high beam only when you need it the most.

[caption id="attachment_96384" align="alignnone" width="620"]Use headlamps on high beam only when the road is empty or in extreme cases. Use headlamps on high beam only when the road is empty or in extreme cases.[/caption]

4. Driving without a working horn: If you are driving your car which doesn’t have a horn or is not in working condition, then it’s a traffic offence. Section CMVR 139.1/177 MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act says that your car is supposed to have a horn which is in working order. If not, you will be paying a fine of Rs. 100.

5. Smoky exhaust: If your vehicle is letting out a cloud of smoke, then you will be paying a fine of Rs. 500 should the cops catch you. The section 115 CMVR 190(2) MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act says that excessive smoke from the exhaust is a punishable offence. So its advisable to get your car checked if you are facing such a problem.

6. Driving on the footpath: If you are in a hurry and think that you will be able to beat the traffic jam ahead of you by getting on to the footpath, think again. In accordance with the section RRR 177 MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act, driving on the footpath is a traffic offence. The fine is that of Rs. 100.

7. Displaying the “Applied For” sticker on your new car: Bought a new car? Waiting for it to get registered? Make sure you get a trade plate, the one which has ‘TC’ or temporary certification number on it. If you put up a print out of the ‘applied for” sticker, then you might have to pay a fine of Rs. 4500 should you get caught by the cops. This is in accordance with section 39/192 MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act.

8. Using horn in a no-horn zone: This is for the horn happy people who love to use the horn a bit too much. Do not use the horn in a no-horn zone. If guilty, you will be paying a fine of Rs. 100. according to section DMVR 96(1)/177MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act.

[caption id="attachment_96385" align="alignnone" width="400"]Honking incessantly in a no horn zone? Get punished by the law. Honking incessantly in a no horn zone? Get punished by the law.[/caption]

9. Cruel behaviour towards animals: The law keeps in mind the animals and pets as well. While on the road, you have to be careful of the stray animals on the roads and pets if you have them on –board. If found of guilty behaviour, the traffic police can pull you up and fine you Rs. 100 for being cruel to stray animals and pets. This is in accordance with section DMVR 80/177MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act.

10. Multi-tone horns: If your car has a horn which has multiple tones, then you are again offending the section RRR 21.4/177MVA of the Motor Vehicle Act and are liable to pay a fine of Rs. 100.
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