Bengaluru: Government slashes fines for traffic violations except drunk driving

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP) 

Bengaluru, Sep 22: The state government, taking note of widespread opposition to steep hike affected in fines imposed for traffic violations, has slashed the fines. The government issued a gazette notification on Saturday September 21 in this regard. 

As per the notification, helmet-less travel will attract fine of Rs 500 in place of Rs 1,000 while driving of vehicles without licence will cost Rs 5,000 in place of Rs 10,000 to the concerned. Although the government had said that the reduction in fine would be on the lines toed by Gujarat and Maharashtra, it had not announced the quantum of reduction. 

In case of safety norm violation, the fine will be Rs 500. Fine for not wearing seat belt has been brought down from Rs 1,000 to Rs 500. But drunken driving will attract fine of Rs 10,000 as before. 

The revised fines are Rs 500 (earlier Rs 1,000) for driving without helmet, Rs 500 (Rs 1,000) for not wearing seat belts, Rs 1,000 (Rs 5000) for driving without licence), Rs 4,000 (Rs 5,000) for driving heavy vehicles without driving licence, riding motor bike without registration Rs 2,000 (Rs 5,000), while drunken driving will be charged Rs 10,000 as before. 

The new rates have brought respite to a large number of habitual offenders and in most cases, violations are seen in not wearing helmets and seat belts. However, there have been complaints that the reduction of fines have not been up to the expected extent.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    After Elections Karnataka will have Acche Din ...

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    RTO revenue was less so Fines introduced by Govt....?

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  • manohar, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Stupid decision by government of Karnataka. How the Govt can reduce the fine for people riding vehicles without license. The man with all documents but drink driving no mercy from the government. You should touch the traffic rules imposed by the GOI.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    I welcome the government's decision against lowering the fines for drunken driving. In fact, I would have liked that to be hiked to at least Rs. one lakh instead of the current fine of Rs. ten thousand.

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  • dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Minor or without license (riders/ drivers) should not have reduced. This reduction is just because of the by election in Karnataka next month. This Govt. is a U turn Govt. Bring black money back from overseas banks a big failure. After the BJP came to power in 2014 many financial criminals have run away from the country. This blessed Govt. only after the middle class citizens of the country. Once the liquor industry passes some benefits from the profits to the State Govt. then the drunk and driving fine will come down.

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    This party government has become famous for " U " turns. It will announce anything with very much hype and then U turn after few days. Aadhar compulsory for bank accounts and then Supreme court ruling against it. Electric vehicles compulsory by 2030 and yesterday GST rate cuts for petrol and diesel engine vehicles. Completion of national highways and railway guage conversion is pending even after 5 years of Bajapa rule. Whole India will be covered by Digital India ( broadband internet ) still many villages in Bharat do not have basic telephone or mobile connection. All villages in India has been electrified before LS elections announcement now reality atleast 10% of Indian villages do not have electricity. All big announcement just to fool.

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  • Peacelover, India

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    This slashing of penalty means the government is ready to compromise with the safety of people for appeasement purpose. Why change the rule? leave it as it is, let people follow the rules for their safety.

    Instead of slashing the penalty amount, they should announce severe punishment to traffic police for allowing the violators to go after accepting the bribe! In addition to this they should also take into task those police men who harass public even after having all documents in order,

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Safety of People?
    If some 1 drives without seat belt or helmet he will suffer & not the people on the road,
    If some 1 don't have license then it should be punished but not for failure to produce the same(in original form)immediately, give reasonable time like in the past to produce it within 15 days of challan.
    Overspeeding, overtaking without caring for other vehicles or pedestrians should be punished which can endanger the life of road users including use of cellphones & drunken driving.

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  • Peacelover, India

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    I believe you do not have value for human life!! The rules are made to give safety to drivers, passengers and third party I mean other vehicles and Pedestrians. Violators are not only putting their lives in danger but also others.
    No leniency should be given as for as traffic violation is concerned.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 23 2019

    Rules or fines don't deter wealthy people from breaking the rules & not having document at the time of inspection doesn't kill people or protect people if they have the documents in their possession.
    But overspeeding , drunk driving & mobile usage kill people with accidents.
    Cigarettes, alcohol, & medicines kill more people than roads, would you ban all of them?

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    As per central government, SC order, the scooter riders are not wearing specific type Helmet.
    Specifically Girls, students, Ladies. They wear something like a Kadai on their head that too with out belt. They are not wearing ISI brands helmet why our Traffic Police is not taking any action against those and fine them ?????
    I want a answer from Traffic Police.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Ache Din after election date announcement....

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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Dubai/Mundkur

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Sir….it should have been vice versa…. because few of our long journey Drivers drive very safely when they are drunk!!! Even few Pilots are drunk now-a-days. Have you ever seen any Drunkard met with an accident while crossing the Railway Track ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Pertaining 2 da fines, congress ne kiyatoh balatkaar brhasta jumla paapies ne kiytatoh ..... majority of da people r drinking. petta gov't can recover some of its lost economy mercilessly - idiot govt. man mad destruction of economy.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/Udupi

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Why slash !!!! Let it be hig, let the peoples come straight. Its for the drivers mistake they get fine. Besides income for ICU government tooo..

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Good step. Drunken driving should be fined heavily.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    People want to reduce fine than complaint to traffic rules . This kind of mentality what changes can come to society ? Stop blaming politicians and just own a responsibility of our today's state of affairs .

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  • Hussain, AbuDhabi

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Just curious to know....Model code of conduct is not applicable for the state Govt?

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    Its all about social consciousness.
    For example.
    A guy if invited to a party and gets loaded,I mean he is drunk, his host or the others in the party who have been drinking sensibly and not drunk must prevent him from driving back home, in fact they must help him to get get back home by any means possible.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 22 2019

    By poll elections are important than human lives.

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