Consequences For Driving On Wrong Side Of The Road

The government makes the traffic rules for the citizen’s safety. However, vehicle owners do not take these rules seriously and break the rules that sometimes lead to severe road accidents as well as loss of someone’s life. As per the survey of traffic police, around 4,20,000 road accidents took place in the year of 2019 in India. Since two-wheelers are more prone to fatal accidents, a comprehensive two wheeler insurance policy becomes a necessity.

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What Has Changed?

Witnessing such high numbers of road accidents the government amended the Motor Vehicle Act in 2019 and made some changes. They increased the traffic fines for almost every traffic rule violation in the entire country. Since then the traffic police department has become more alert and actively fining the traffic rule violators.

Talking about Gurugram, the traffic police in this state have fined over 50,000 just for driving on the wrong side of the road. The amendment has made the citizens of the country think before violating a traffic rule because of the hefty amount of fine they have to pay since the two wheeler insurance will not provide cover for it.

Basic Necessities To Avoid Traffic Challan

In order to avoid traffic challan in India,  vehicle owners have to follow certain basic rules. Those basic rules include carrying a valid driving license, Pollution under control certificate, Registration certificate and insurance policy documents.

However, sometimes people do forget to carry any of these documents or forget to renew their PUC certificate on time. Violation of this basic traffic rule is heavy as well as can lead to the barring your license for a period of 3 months.

Common Sense That Is Not So Common

Well, it is mandatory to purchase a third-party insurance plan when you purchase a new two-wheeler. But as the term third-party suggests, this insurance plan provides cover for the third-party liability and not your own damage. This is where the utilization of that common sense becomes vital and securing yourself from own damages becomes important.

Similarly, when there are two sides on a road and people can easily drive on their side of the road but people in India lose their common sense at this point and just because they do not have to go for a kilometer for a u-turn, they chose to go on the wrong side of the road that can cause a fatal accident.

After the amendment in the Motor vehicle act in 2019, if any person riding on a bike is caught while driving on the wrong side of the road will have to pay a fine of Rs. 500-1000 and/or imprisonment of 3 months.

Procedure After Getting Caught As A Violator

There is a simple procedure if you get caught driving on the wrong side of the road or any other traffic rule violation. The traffic police will ask you to pull over and ask for your documents such as license, PUC, RC and insurance. If you do not possess any of these then they will write the challan including for that as well as the traffic rule you would have violated.

They can either write a challan on a hard copy that you can pay then and there and be free otherwise if you do not have enough amount at that time then you can pay it later by visiting the nearby police station. It also depends on the severity of the traffic rule violation that can cause serious trouble such as imprisonment and/or revoking of driving license for 3 months.

Once the license is revoked, you won’t be legally allowed to drive on the road and once the 3 months of period is complete, you will have to visit the respected court you are told to visit. Then you will have to appear in-front of the judge who will tell the amount of fine you need to pay to get your license back warn you to not commit this same violation again.

You Can Also Pay The Challan Online

Thanks to the internet and advanced technology, you can pay the challan online. Let us tell you how? First of all, you will have to visit the official website of your respected city’s RTO website. Once you are on the website, you can look for the traffic violation fine section. There you can enter your bike’s registration number and it will show all pending challan. Then you can select the one you want to pay and pay using net banking, credit/debit card, UPI, etc.

Conclusion

Traffic rules are made for the safety of the citizens but people willingly violate the rules and suffer serious circumstances. However, there are sometimes when you can avoid getting a challan using common sense on the road. Common sense of wearing a helmet, not jumping red light or not driving on the wrong side of the road so that the traffic police do not spot you and you do not get fined. However, following the basic rules will not kill you but be a saviour.

Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 12 October 2021
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