Heftier penalties and fines for traffic rule violations come into force today across the country as 63 clauses of the newly-amended Motor Vehicle Act will be implemented from Sunday.
People who violate traffic norms will have to pay significantly hiked fines for offenses like drunk driving, jumping traffic lights, driving without wearing helmets or seat-belts, and use of mobiles among others.
Rs. 25,000 fine, three-year imprisonment for offenses by underage drivers
The provisions of the new Act also recommend that parents/guardians or owners of the vehicles in cases involving traffic offenses by underage drivers should be fined Rs. 25,000 and imprisoned for three years. The accused juveniles would also be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.