Some Important Traffic Rules and Regulations in India

Some Important Traffic Rules and Regulations in India

Traffic Rules in India


There has been a huge surge in the number of vehicles in the country since the time it was first introduced. With the rise in living standards of the common people the number of personal vehicles owned by families has also increased in spite of the fact that India is still a developing country. Thus the over load of vehicles in the country with the progression of time application has led to implication of vehicular traffic control a predisposition. The 1st legislation passed for regulation of motor vehicles and other road user dates back to 1914 under the Indian Motor Vehicle Act.

In due course of time a large number of amendments have been made in the same. The final accepted draft was passed in 1988, amended and revised by the Government of India which applies not only of drivers of vehicles but also pedestrians, cyclists etc. Formulation and administration of rules and regulations and laws relating to road transport falls under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway.

Even though millions of people commute everyday in personal or public transports, very few are well acquainted with the traffic rules and regulations of the country. So let’s take a look at few of the most important ones which every citizen of this country should have knowledge about:

• Possession of valid identification proof- Every individual driving a vehicle should possess a valid driver’s license, certification of registration of the vehicle, certificate of taxation and insurance to make a few.

• Prohibition of driving in intoxicated condition i.e. under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

• Mental and physical well being of the driver is of utmost importance to avoid any major mishaps on the road

• Prohibition of horns in silence zones- Honking is prohibited in and around areas which have hospitals and schools.

• It is mandatory for vehicles to give way to fire trucks and ambulances. An exception is made for them in most traffic rules allowing them to reach their destination on time.

• Speed restrictions- The speed limits depend not only on the type of vehicle that is driven but also on the road it is driven on. Higher speed of around 120 km/hrs allowed on highways and expressways where as it must be kept below 30 km/hr in highly congested places and at road junctions.

• It is mandatory for cars to stop at the zebra crossing allowing pedestrians to cross.

• A safe distance should be maintained by cars while driving as well as when static in traffic signals.

• There is a limit to the number of people that can travel in each type of vehicle. Travelling on the top bunkers of the car is strictly prohibited.

• There are various rules that apply to parking as well including maintaining a safe distance between cars, prevention f obstruction to other vehicles, no parking on footpaths etc.

• In India, unlike in other countries of the world, it is acceptable that the car is driven on the left side of the road allowing the cars to pass through the right side.

Violation of these traffic rules is a punishable offense with the penalties ranging from Rs 100- Rs 5000 on the basis of the degree of violation. In certain cases the person may be subjected to an imprisonment for up to 6 months.

In case of road accidents remunerations ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh are awarded by Motor Accident Claims Tribunal depending upon the severity. Here is to hoping that such accidents can be avoided if the people are more careful on road and drive as per the rules!!

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