Bhadrak: In yet another case of drivers paying hefty penalties for violating traffic rules under the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019, a van driver had to cough out as much as Rs 17,500 for plying without valid documents here.
According to sources, a van engaged in the transportation of school children was intercepted here on Saturday during motor vehicle checking. The driver of the vehicle was then asked to produce driving license and documents- permit and fitness of the vehicle. However, the driver failed to produce none of these due to non-availability of the documents with him.
Following this, the Bhadrak Regional Transport Office (RTO) issued the Challan of Rs 17,500 for plying without valid documents.
To improve road safety, the transport ministry has increased the fine for all traffic-related offences. For example, riding a bike without helmet leads to a penalty of Rs 1,000 along with a suspension of licence for three months.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or not giving way to an ambulance or fire brigade may cost one as much as Rs 10,000, imprisonment, or both.
As a result of the spike in fine rates, several cases are being reported across India where motorists end up paying huge fine for breaking traffic rules.