Traffic Fines in Karnataka - Slashed by 50%-80%
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Updated Traffic Fines in Karnataka
A couple of days ago, the central government took a bold move on amending the Motor Vehicle Act, increasing existing traffic violation fines and initiating a couple of new ones. Effective since the 1st of September, you could suddenly see more than 5 lakh people rushing to obtain their Pollution Control certificates and insurances. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry (or for some- better to spend a few bucks than to be broke! 😉)
Fortunately, though, people in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli, Udupi, Chikmagalur, and all the other cities in Karnataka can breathe a sigh of relief. Courtesy- revised fines! The infamous, new traffic fines have been revised on specific offences, taking the load off a bit, especially for those riding two-wheelers.
For instance, some of these changes in traffic fines includes the reduction in fee for driving without an insurance for two-wheelers, from Rs 2,000 to Rs 1,000. However, the fees for four-wheelers and heavy vehicles remain the same, at Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000 respectively. Other changes in traffic violation fines include offences such as riding without a helmet, over speeding, driving without a licence, etc. Let’s take a clear look at the changes implemented below and what this means for you.
Updated List of Penalties for Traffic Violations in Karnataka
Old Fine (as Implemented on 1st Sept’19)
₹1,000 (two-wheelers & three-wheelers) | ₹2,000 (four-wheelers & LMV) | ₹5,000 (others)
₹1,000 (two-wheelers only)
₹2,000 (two-wheelers & three-wheelers) | ₹3,000 (four-wheelers & LMV) | ₹5,000 (others)
Up to ₹5,000 for first offence, and up to ₹10,000 for second offence.
₹1,500 (two-wheelers & three-wheelers) | ₹3,000 (four-wheelers & LMV) | ₹5,000 (others) | Up to ₹10,000 for second and subsequent offences.
Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for subsequent offence
₹5,000 and ₹2,000 for every extra tonne
₹20,000 and ₹2,000 for every extra tonne
₹1,000 (two-wheelers, three-wheelers & four-wheelers/LMV) | ₹2,000 (others)
₹2,000 (two-wheelers, three-wheelers & four-wheelers/LMV) | ₹4,000 (others)
What does this mean for you?
Although some of the fine for traffic violations have been revised, this doesn’t mean you should be taking them lightly. No matter what the fine is, there are always going to be some consequences to your actions. In most cases- monetary and non-monetary. To ensure utmost road and personal safety- it's always advised that you follow the required traffic rules and road regulations.