A few decades ago, there were fewer vehicles on the roads. No pollution, no traffic jams, and, therefore, no need to establish
traffic rules and regulations. However, with time, the living standard raised and vehicles shifted from being a luxury to becoming a necessity for people. The increasing demand for vehicles can be seen in a constant rise in the number of vehicle owners across India.
Mumbai, also called the financial capital of India, is known for its traffic. This has led to strict traffic rules and hefty penalties for their violations. Let us take a look at the traffic rules you need to follow in Mumbai:
Traffic signal rules to follow in Mumbai
There are some basic rules you must follow to avoid traffic penalties in Mumbai. The red light is a sign to 'Completely Stop' your vehicle. You must ensure that the vehicle is behind the stop line. If you cross the stop line, it will count as an offence. Wait there until the light turns green. Amber light is a sign to 'Be Alert'. When the light is on, it is a signal for you to get ready to start.The green light is a sign to 'Go'. You need to drive slowly and carefully through the intersection.If you see a flashing Red light, it is a sign to stop and move ahead only when the road is safe and clear.Besides these traffic rules in Mumbai, there are other road signs you need to keep in mind when driving.
Types of traffic violations
These are the common types of traffic violations in Mumbai:Over speedNot signalingNot using the seat beltDistracted drivingAvoiding stop signs and red lightPassing other vehicles in a no-passing zoneNo proper vehicle registrationDriving under drugs/alcohol influenceNo valid driver's licenseDriving around without stopping for a school bus or an ambulanceDriving in the carpool laneNot stopping for pedestriansFailure to have updated
Traffic Violations and Fines in Mumbai
According to the Central Motor Vehicle Rule 1989 and Motor Vehicle Act of 1988, some offenses result in penalties. These are listed below-
|Driving an Unauthorised Vehicle without License||Rs.5,000||Rs.1,000|
|Driving while on mobile ||Rs. 5000||Rs. 1000|
|Driving Without License||Rs.5,000||Rs.500|
|Driving Regardless of Disqualification||Rs.10,000||Rs.500|
|Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Intoxicating Substance|
First-Time Offence: Rs 10,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 6 months.
Second-Time Offence: Rs 15,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 2 years
|Driving Uninsured Vehicle|
First-time Offence: Rs 2,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.
Second-time Offence: Rs 4,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.
|Rs 1,000 and/or Imprisonment of up to 3 months.|
|Honking in Silent Zone|
First-time offence: Rs 2,000
Second-time offence: Rs 4,000
|Over-speeding||Rs 1,000-2,000, ||Rs 400|
|Not Wearing Seatbelt||Rs 1,000||Rs 100|
|Not Wearing Helmet||Rs 1,000 and Disqualification of License for 3 months||Rs 100|
Rules for Car
There are some traffic rules, especially for car owners. You must adhere to the same to avoid penalty. Wear a seat belt,Have a valid driving license,Have updated
car insurance,Avoid using mobile phones,Follow parking rules,Care for pedestrians,Do not honk in a silent zone,Never drink and drive,Follow the speed limit.Follow traffic signals.
Rules for Two-Wheeler
Here are some traffic rules that two-wheeler riders must follow.
Carry a valid driving license,
bike insurance,Do not use the mobile phone while driving,Wear a helmet,Drive on the side,Obey the speed limit.
Following these rules will keep you and others safe at all times. It is mandatory to have a valid driving license and vehicle insurance when driving in India. So you must have one all the time to save you from serving punishments or paying hefty penalties or fines, if caught.