The Indian Government (For New Delhi) recently came up with a draft bill ‘Road Transport and Safety Bill’ and is the latest proposal for traffic challan in Delhi, which was posted online for suggestions from the public. It has been drafted keeping in view the safety of public driving on the roads. The bill (draft), aims at setting up an authority for National Highway Traffic Safety, which is inspired from the similar agency working in the United States of America; which is responsible for managing all traffic related issues such as creating framework and issuing guidelines for issuing driving license, vehicle registration, safety of vehicles and investigating road accidents Majorly in Delhi.
This in view that all the countries that have brought down road accidents have set up a central agency for such issues, in the absence of which, no authority is ready to take the responsibility of a road accident. This nodal agency, if set up, would be coordinating the efforts of both the central and the state governments.
The draft bill for New Delhi proposes to set up Highway Traffic Regulation and Protection Force by the respective state governments to ensure steady flow of traffic and proper enforcement of traffic rules takes place.This would place significant powers in the hand of authorities to arrest the driver if he is found breaking traffic rules on the highways. This comes in after a recent data that suggests that around 65 % of traffic accidents resulting in death take place on the highways.
The bill also aims to ensure that records details of accident are maintained which would help in speedy and correct investigations. In absence of record details, the investigation is carried out on the basis of eyewitness’s account which is not true at times.
These are the New and latest Proposed Traffic Challan for New Delhi
- The fine for not wearing a helmet or seat belt will be Rs 2500.
- Jumping a red light signal would attract a fine of Rs 5000.
- If a person is found guilty of killing a child in a road accident, he could end up with a jail term of upto 7 years in addition to a fine of 3 Lakhs.
- If anyone is found over speeding, he/she could end up paying a traffic challan fine of 5000 Rs to 12,500 Rs and suspension of driving license for 2-8 weeks.
- Person found drunk and driving could attract a fine ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 50,000 depending on the level of alcohol he has in his blood.
- School drivers, if found guilty of drunk while driving, could end up in jail apart from paying the fine.
- Anybody found guilty of reckless driving with children onboard would attract a fine of Rs 15,000, suspension of driving license for 6 months in addition to a jail term of 15 days.
- You would be slapped a fine ranging from Rs 4000 to Rs 10,000 depending on the situation in which the violation took place.
- As far as manufacturing faulty vehicles is concerned, the auto-mobile companies found liable for this offence will face a fine of Rs 5 Lakh per vehicle or more, in addition to a jail term of 3 months.
- These fines and punishments have been escalated to curb the menace of faulty driving. The major cause of road accidents is drunk driving, crossing the speed limits and refusing to safety measures such as wearing a helmet or buckling up the seat belt while driving.
The bill also aims at setting up a Motor Accident Relief Fund which would compulsorily provide insurance to all. It would be used in covering the costs of treating those injured in an accident or paying compensation to the family of those killed in road accidents.
The road safety has been a major topic of discussion ever since Union Minister Gopinath Munde passed away in June, falling victim to a road accident. He was not wearing the seat belt and many believe that it led to his death and might have been saved if he was wearing the seat belt. You can also see this government site for more details http://india.gov.in/website-delhi-traffic-police?page=1
Apart from these rules, fines and punishment, we should drive safely and follow the traffic rules as a part of our civic duty. It should come from within and not due to fear from paying fines and facing punishments.
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