A day after a Delhi man was fined a whopping ₹23,000, a sum which exceeded his vehicle value; a similar incident has come to light in Bhubneswar where a drunk auto-rickshaw driver was fined ₹47,500 while he was driving his second-hand auto-rickshaw without any documents.
The drunk driver was fined ₹47,500 by the Bhubaneswar transport department for driving without a valid permit, licence, registration and under various sections of the amended Motor Vehicles Act which came into effect on Sunday, an official said here.The traffic police and Regional Transport Office (RTO) Bhubaneswar personnel intercepted the autorickshaw at Acharya Vihar Chhak in the city on Wednesday and issued a challan of ₹47,500 for the motor vehicle act violations to the driver of the vehicle, the official said.
The penalty includes ₹500 for general offence, ₹5,000 for having invalid driving license, ₹10,000 for violating permit conditions, ₹10,000 for drunken driving, ₹10,000 for violating air/noise pollution, ₹5,000 for allowing unauthorised person to drive vehicle, ₹5000 for using vehicle without registration and fitness certificate and ₹2,000 for plying the vehicle without insurance.
The autorickshaw driver has been asked to deposit the total fine of ₹47,500 at the Driving Testing Centre in Chandrasekharpur, the official said.
Admitting that he had consumed alcohol, the driver Haribandhu Kanhar said: "I cannot pay such huge amount of penalty. Let them seize my vehicle or send to jail, I cannot pay the amount."
The driver also claimed that he has all the documents at home. He further stated that he bought the auto from its original owner for ₹25,000.
Meanwhile, officials said they have detained both the driver and the vehicle.
The official said the penalty was imposed according to the provisions of the new traffic rules which came into force on September 1, this year.
Aimed at bringing several important changes in the transportation system, the bill seeks to bring amendments to improve road safety and transport services.
Here are 5 facts you must know about the new Motor Vehicles Bill:
1) Those caught for drunken driving will be fined ₹10,000 under the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
2) Not wearing a seat belt might also prove heavier on your wallet as the fine will be increased to ₹1,000 from ₹100 now.
3) For two-wheelers, the fine for not wearing helmets has been increased from ₹100 to ₹1,000. On subsequent charges, you may be disqualified for 3 months from driving.
4) The new law will also be stricter on triple riding as the fine for overloading of two-wheelers will be increased to ₹2,000 from ₹100 now.
5)) The new legislation provides for stricter punishment in road accident cases. The minimum compensation for hit and run cases will be hiked from ₹25,000 to ₹2 lakh in case of death, and from ₹12,500 to ₹50,000 in case of grievous injury.