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    What documents should a driver carry when driving?
    • Driving license / Registration certificate
    • Taxation Certificate
    • Emission Test Certificate
    • Insurance Certificate
    • Fitness Certificate & Permit (incase of transport vehicles)

    Who is authorized to collect the traffic fine on the spot?
    Any traffic Branch officer of and above the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police is duly authorized with a receipt book.

    What is the rule regarding seat belts? Is it binding using seat belts while driving in interior areas or bylanes?
    The driver and the person seated in the front seat must wear the seat belts while vehicle is in motion ( U/S 138 CMVR r/w 177 MVA).

    What is the rule for use of mobile phone?

    As per section 250 (A) MMVR, r/w 177 M.V.Act, no driver while driving or riding a motor vehicle (including two wheelers) shall use a mobile phone.

    Can other occupants of the motor vehicle use the mobile phone?

    Yes. Other than driver, occupants of the motor vehicle can use mobile phone
    If I am a doctor; can I use my mobile phone in an emergency while driving?
    No. Exemption is not given to any one in the M.V Act or Rules regarding this. You can stop the vehicle and then take the call.

    What are the duties of a driver when his vehicle is involved in an accident resulting in death/bodily injury/damage to property?
    The duties are as under:

    • Arrange for medical help Inform the police
    • In case the vehicle is carrying dangerous goods, keep everyone away, avoid smoking in the vicinity and take emergency action as displayed on the vehicle.

    Under what conditions is the towing of a vehicle allowed?
    Vehicle abandoned or left unattended or Parked in a parking restricted zone or Parked in a way causing inconvenience to other road user can be towed away.
    What is the punishment for drunken driving/driving under the influence of any drug?
    If a driver is caught driving a vehicle with alcohol in his blood exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml or he is under the influence of a drug to such an extent that he is incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle, the following will be the punishments.

    First Offence: Imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs 2,000 or both

    Subsequent Offence: Imprisonment up to 2 years or fine up to Rs 3,000 or both

    When can the authorities detain a vehicle?

    Authorities can detain a vehicle in the following circumstances:
    • Vehicle being driven by an individual without valid driving license
    • Vehicle being driven without registration
    • Transport vehicle being driven without Permit
    • Vehicle being driven without payment of Tax

    What are the consequences for driving without a license?
    You will be fined Rs.300/-

    Is wearing helmet compulsory for Scooter and Motorcycle riders?
    Yes. Wearing helmet is compulsory. Violators will be charged U/sec.177 of M.V.Act-1988 for which fine is Rs.100/-

    What are consequences of driving under the influence of liquor?
    If you are caught driving under the influence of liquor you will be issued a police notice for for the appearance in the Court. There is no provision of paying the fine on the spot. Moreover, you will not be allowed to continue to driving unless you have a partner who is not under the the influence of liquor and has a valid driving licence.
    You will be advised to hire a cab leaving the vehicle in the police station under acknowledgement till you apear in the court and pay the fine. Your driving licence will also be kept with the police till the disposal of the case.
    You are reminded that on repeat offence of driving under the influence of liquor, there is a provision for enhanced penalty and imprisonment. If you commit a fatal accident under the influence of liquor you could be booked under culpable homicide not amounting to murder which is a non-bailable offence.

    What is the spot fine for drunken driving?

    There is no spot fine for drunken driving. In each of the drunken driving case, police notice is issued asking the person to appear before the court. Only court is empowered to impose the fine.

    What happens if I don’t appear in the court?
    If you fail to appear in court, warrant will be issued from the court. This may lead to arrest and stiffer penalty.

    What is the punishment for drunken driving?
    In the first instance there can be penalty up to Rs.3000/- which may extend to imprisonment in subsequent offence.

    After being booked for drunken driving can I continue to drive myself?
    No. you will have to arrange for an alternate driver who is not drunk or take a cab leaving the vehicle in the police station which will be released after you have settled the case in the court.

    What about pollution check?
    It is mandatory to carry emission certificate. However, police have been instructed not to stop any motorists for merely checking emission certificate.

    Can police penalize vehicles with number plate of other State?
    No. police is not authorized to penalize anyone for Out Station number plates. This is not the mandate for police.

    My vehicle got damaged in an accident. Police did not help me in getting compensation!
    Insurance company and not the police can get you the damages. Police will only prosecute the accused for criminal negligence in the court of law.

    I crossed the stop line seeing green signal. But traffic in front of me was not moving and I got penalized.
    Even if signal is green you should not enter the junction unless the tail of the traffic in front of you is moving. Otherwise you will create gridlock and block cross traffic too.

    I crossed stop line before the signal turning red, while it was still yellow. But I could not clear the junction due to congestion ahead. Why was I fined for signal jumping?
    Yellow signal is provided only for those vehicles which have already crossed stop line to clear the junction. You are not expected to enter the junction when the green light has already changed to yellow.

    Why are junctions painted cris-cross in the center?
    Cris-Cross marking indicates “no standing”. Unless one is sure of clearing the junction, he should not enter the junction even if the signal light is green, because it will block the cross traffic and lead to grid-lock.

    I don’t see speed limit boards in the city?
    As per notification, speed limit in entire city corporation limit is 50 kmph for LMV and 40 kmph for HMV. It is not possible to put boards on all the roads in city. Only where we have lower permissible speed like flyovers/narrow stretches / bends or higher permissible limits these boards are put. This is the practice world over.

    I got fined for parking violation. But board was at least 20 m away from where I parked?
    It is not possible to put one board for each vehicle. “No parking” is notified by gazette notifications and then boards are erected. Each board indicates that roughly 50 m each side of boards is no-parking area. That is why boards are put 100 m apart.

    Why do traffic police switch off the lights during peak hours?
    Actually it is not a good practice but is in-evitable due to inadequate capacity of junctions. There are the situation when road is not able to take the entire volume of traffic and tail of traffic ahead does not get cleared even till next green phase. Now if the lights are not switched off, vehicles will block the junction and make it impossible for even cross traffic to move thus creating a grid-lock. It is lose-lose situation for all. At this juncture policemen take over the signal and regulate it according to clearance and relative volume. However, this practice is largely reduced and will disappear soon due to increased capacity of roads and junctions. Switching off also becomes inevitable during acts of nature like water logging, cracks in road and man-made situations like strikes, rasta-rokho and VIP movement, when one or more roads become unavailable for traffic. In all such situations mannual operations are resorted to. This practice is, however not encouraged.

    Among traffic officers, who is authorized to give a spot fine notice?
    Traffic officers of and above the rank of assistant sub-inspector are authorised to give away traffic violation challans or notices, which are for spot fines. Officers of the rank of ASI (one-star), sub-inspector (two-star), inspector (three-star) are authorised to collect spot fines. The motorist may lodge a complaint if any officer below the rank of ASI collects money from him.

    I don't want to pay spot fine. What is the other option?
    If a violation refuses or does not want to pay a spot fine, he would be required to surrender his original driving licence - for which the officer concerned would give an acknowledgement. He can walk into the police station within a week pay the fine and get the DL back or the case will go to court, and the offender will have to go by the decision taken by it. In the absence of an original driving licence, the person will have to leave the vehicle with the police. If the motorist fails to appear in court, a warrant will be issued and he will have to face arrest or stiffer penalties.

    When can a motorist be charged with drunk driving? What is the procedure for paying the fine?
    A motorist caught driving under the influence of liquor beyond permissible limit is liable to be charged with the offence of drunken driving. Legal permissible limit is 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Traffic police uses state of art alco-meters (breath analyzers) accepted worldwide to measure the level of alcohol in blood. This is scientifically and legally accepted method all over the world. Our instruments are calibrated once in three months with a probable error of +(-) 5%. Therefore, we do not panelize anyone below 40mg per 100ml of blood even though legal limit is only 30. Anyone driving with alcohol level below a reading of 40 is not, repeat not, liable for prosecution.

    However, there is no spot there are no spot for drunk driving. No police officer is allowed to collect spot fines for this offence. The person will be given a notice, will be sent to the court and the offender will have to pay a fine there. The punishment for drunk driving is six month’s imprisonment or payment of a fine up to Rs.2,000/- or both. If the offender is caught committing the offence a second time, he will have to face imprisonment of two years or a fine up to Rs.3,000 or both. After being issued a notice, the motorist will not be allowed to drive. He will have to leave his vehicle behind and take a cab home or call a friend or relative to drive him home. In case he wants to take the vehicle using the another person who is not drunk but is free to do so after leaving his original driving license and RC book under acknowledgement with the police officer. Very often, motorists try to avoid legal proceedings by bribing the police officers concerned. However, the best thing to do in such circumstances is to follow the proper procedures and not resort to corruption. Moreover, if a person continues to drive under the influence of alcohol and gets involved in a fatal accident, he will be booked for culpable homicide – which is a non-bailable offence.

    How do I know how much can I drink to remain within permissible limit?

    There is no hard and fast rule as it depends on the body constitution, gender, whether; liquor is taken on empty stomach or with the food or the duration over which liquor the consumed. Generally one bottle of beer / 30ml Whisky / Rum will keep the person below the permissible limit of 30 units. However, our metabolison burns about 10 units in an hour. And therefore, larger quantity consumed over longer duration will still keep the person within permissible limits. However, these measures are indicative in nature.

    Can motorists use mobile phones while driving?
    Motorists cannot use mobile phones while driving vehicles, and that includes two-wheelers. There are no exceptions to this rule, not even doctors. If it's an emergency, the driver can park the vehicle on the side of the road and take the call.

    When people are involved in an accident, or are witness to one, what should they do?
    If a motorist has caused the accident, he should arrange for medical aid and inform the police immediately. If a person is witness to an accident, he should help the victim and note down the details of the accused person before informing the police. Witnesses should not torch vehicles or indulge in anti-social activities. The public should be pro-active, not destructive.

    Q. Does traffic police has any targets for collection of fine?
    A. Ideally our target for fine collection should be zero since ultimate objective is to see that no one violates the traffic rules. We are neither a revenue earning department nor the amount collected has any correlation to departmental budget. Fine collected goes to the general revenue of the government. The fact that strict enforcement resulted in in a big amount is not a matter of pride for the department but the matter of shame and concern for all of us. We will be happy with fine collection going down if people were to follow rules. Unfortunately traffic violations are rampant especially when police men are not present.

    Q. Why do policemen catch the people jumping the signal? Why can’t they stand on the junction so that no one jumps the signal ?
    A. All over the world when one installs signals policemen are removed totally as people follow the signals themselves even at mid night. The scenario in our society is quite opposite. Red means stop, if the policeman is there; red means nothing if policeman is not there. This is a sad reflection on our value system. Ideally, we would like to remove these police-men from the signalized junctions and re-deploy them in the residential areas which are totally neglected. However, in the absence of self regulation this appears to be the distant dream. Traffic police catches people because they jump signals. Motorists should follow rules irrespective of presence and absence of police men. In the absence of sustainable attitudinal change, enforcement is the only deterrence against indiscipline on roads.

    Q. Why do traffic police catch vehicles for over speeding even when road is good and empty? Why do they put a speed limit?
    A. Roads are not only for motorists but for all other road users including pedestrians who have to co-exist. Empty road is not a license to speed without limit because driver can not always anticipate sudden entry of some other road users. Roads are designed for a particular speed from safety point of view. Driving responsibly is an essential part of defensive driving which should take into account mistakes likely to be committed by other road users. Most of our roads pass through residential and commercial areas where sudden intrusions can not be ruled out. Speed limits are essential for defensive driving.

    Q. Why do we need signals ?
    To avoid chaos and gridlocks, we need to regulate traffic. Rotaries are space sharing devices where traffic from each direction merges, goes around the circle and weaves out. However, rotaries cannot function when PCU (a measure of vehicle density) exceeds 5000. Also rotaries require better discipline and awareness of rules regarding right of way on the part of road users.

    Beyond 5000 PCU we require signals which are time sharing devices; allowing one stream of traffic at a time to avoid any merging, weaving and conflict. However, beyond 10,000 PCU, even signals become unmanageable due to abnormal increase in cycle time. We can still continue up to 12000 PCU by restricting few turning movements. Beyond 12000 PCU a grade separator is compulsorily required. Grade separators share space vertically and are the best solution for handling a junction with high PCU.

    Signals are essential part of traffic management in any city. It is neither feasible nor desirable to make grade separator at each junction. Essentially signals bring discipline. Moreover for the pedestrians these are the safest places for crossing the roads.

    Q. Why does police make one-ways?
    A. One ways are made to overcome limited width (carriage way) of the road and to avoid frequent hold ups for right turn. For two way, every time traffic has to turn right, there arises a need for junction signalized or otherwise. For every right turning traffic has to stop traffic from opposite direction. By making one way, not only width problem is eliminated but also traffic can turn left and right without stopping. As a result, traffic continues to move without stopping.

    Q. Why can’t we have signal free ride in the city?
    A. Non-stop movement of traffic can only take place by providing grade separators. It may not be feasibly, practical or even advisable to have grade separator at every junction due to constraints of money and space. Hence, signals are inevitable. Moreover, for pedestrians signals are the only places for crossing the roads safety. All the cities in the world manage traffic using signals. Signaling system, however, can be made more efficient and logical.