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parliamentary panel has agreed on a bill to increase traffic fines by 10% every year

NEWDELHI: A parliamentary panel has agreed to a 10% annual increase in the fines for various traffic violations including drunken driving, talking on mobile, rash and negligent driving.

The panel was studying the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which already proposes a significant increase in penalties for traffic offences.

The bill has been cleared by the Lok Sabha in April and is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Drunken driving — one of the main causes of deaths in road accidents in India — will invite a fine of ₹10,000 from the existing ₹2,000. Talking on mobile phones while driving will result in a fine of ₹5,000, up from the present ₹1,000. For red light jumping, driving without seat belt/helmet, the proposed fine is ₹1,000.

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source:  paper.hindustantimes.com

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Some Metro commuters could face jail, heavy fines


Riding in an intoxicated state, creating a scene or using abusive language inside the premises of a Metro network could lead to rs. 5,000 fine, according to sweeping changes proposed in the law to govern mass rapid-transit systems in India.

The Union housing and urban development ministry has sent the draft Metro Rail (Construction, Operation and Maintenance) Bill, 2017 to the law ministry for vetting, and it contains clauses that will overhaul not only rules and regulations for passengers but the way Metro projects are built and fares revised.

The bill also proposes stiff fines for staffers, who could be fined rs. 10,000 for general offences and rs. 30,000 and jail term of up to two years if their actions endangers passengers. Continue reading

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