Traffic Fines in Maharashtra

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  • 27/10/2023

The traffic fines across India have mostly been unchanged for a long time until recently. The government decided to make amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to rein in traffic violations. The laws became more stringent, with stricter punishments and higher fines.

The sudden increase in the fines created a nationwide uproar, and many states decided to hold back for some time to determine the feasibility of the fines.

Eventually, almost all states decided to implement the new changes, but they slightly modified the fine amounts a little to make them more feasible. However, this deviation from the central traffic laws under the Motor Vehicle Act of 2019 often creates confusion among vehicle owners. The penalties are not uniform among all states.

So, if you are driving your vehicle in the State of Maharashtra, you should read this blog to understand Maharashtra traffic rules. It will help you avoid them by taking the necessary steps.

Maharashtra Traffic Fines: For Bikes

All states have different penalties for traffic offences for different types of vehicles. If you ride a bike, you should be aware of the traffic fines for bikes.

Here is a list of all Maharashtra RTO fines for bikes:

Two-Wheeler Offence Penalties
Riding Without a Helmet ₹500
Triple Pillion Carry ₹1,000
Unnecessary Honking ₹1,000
Underage Bike Riding ₹5,000
Racing/Violating Speed Limits ₹5,000
Illegal Parking ₹500
Riding without a Licence ₹5,000
Riding Without a Valid Bike Insurance (owner) ₹2,000
Riding without a Registration ₹2,000

Maharashtra Traffic Fines: For Cars

Here is a list of all Maharashtra RTO fines for cars:

Four-Wheeler Offence Penalties
Driving Without a Seatbelt ₹1,000
Drunk Driving ₹10,000
Unnecessary Honking ₹1,000
Underage Driving ₹25,000
Racing/Violating Speed Limits ₹5,000
Illegal Parking ₹500 for the first offence ₹1500 for repeat offence
Driving without a Valid Licence ₹5,000
Driving Without a Valid Car Insurance (owner) ₹2,000
Driving without a Registration ₹2,000 for the first offence ₹5,000 for the repeat offence
Driving Without Wiper ₹500
Driving Without a Number Plate/broken/not properly visible ₹500
Driving Without Side Mirrors ₹500
Carrying Excess Luggage  (LMV and HMV)* ₹500

*LMV = Light Motor Vehicle HMV = Heavy Motor Vehicle

Maharashtra RTO Fines: Most Common Offences

Now that you have an overall idea of the fines and challans for different types of vehicles, some of them are not very common. Here is a list of some of the most common traffic fines (two-wheelers and four-wheelers).

  • Signal jump fine: If you jump a red light, be prepared to pay ₹500, and if you repeat your mistake again, you shall be fined a hefty ₹1,500.

  • Driving licence fine in Maharashtra: Driving or riding without a valid licence can draw a penalty of ₹5,000.

  • PUCC fine in Maharashtra: If you do not have the pollution under control certificate or PUCC, a fine of ₹500 will be imposed on you.

  • No parking fine in Maharashtra: For parking in No Parking areas, the vehicle will either be towed or clamped. For illegal parking, the first offence draws a penalty of ₹500.

  • Driving while using mobile phones: First-time offenders are fined ₹2,000, while repeat offenders are fined ₹10,000.

Some Non-Compoundable Offences

So far, we have discussed the compoundable offences. It means that a spot fine can set you free. However, there are several non-compoundable offences where a fine is not levied, and the persecutor needs to appear before a court to settle the matter.

In that case, the court will decide the penalty. Some offences can also result in jail terms. Here are some of the common non-compoundable offences that you should try to steer clear of.

Offence Description Fine (INR) Repetitive Fine (INR)
Not slowing down at zebra crossings or junctions Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking from left Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Wrong side driving Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Lane violation Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Dangerous driving Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Drunk and Drive Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking the vehicle alongside another parked vehicle/ Double parking Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking the vehicle opposite another MV or as an obstruction to other vehicles Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking the vehicle near bus stops/at educational institutions/hospital entries or if blocking a traffic sign Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Carrying hazardous or dangerous goods in contravention Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Driving of defective motor vehicle Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Driving a vehicle without the owner's consent or without legal authority Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Vehicle abandoned on the road Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking in 'No Parking’ Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking the vehicle in front of the entrance or exit Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking the vehicle obstructing traffic Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Park vehicle on continuous yellow line painted on curve side on Road Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking on a corner/bend/turning Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking within barriers of a railway crossing Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Stopping vehicle on a level crossing Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking at junctions/intersections/zebra crossing Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking in school/construction/hospital zone area Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Giving right turn indicator to the following vehicle for overtaking Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Overtaking/U-Turn/driving against the flow of traffic in a tunnel Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking/Stopping vehicle in a tunnel without genuine reason Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Stopping the vehicle at a narrow road Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Stopping the vehicle near or on a sharp bend Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Stopping the vehicle in an acceleration /Deceleration lane Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Parking your vehicle within 50 metres from the edge of a junction or intersection Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Stopping your vehicle on the yellow box marked on the road Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Heavy motor vehicles (HMV) continuously driving in the right lane Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Turning left/right without hand signal indication Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Driving slowly and impeding normal traffic flow Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable
Applying sudden brake without genuine reason Non-Compoundable Non-Compoundable

How to Avoid Traffic Fines in Maharashtra

Now you know about almost all traffic violations that can cost you a hefty penalty. But you will be relieved to know that bikes and private light motor vehicles do not face much harshness in day-to-day life. If you follow a few steps, you can avoid most traffic penalties.

Here is a list of must-do’s for all vehicle owners.

  • Do not ride your two-wheeler without a helmet.

  • Do not carry more than one pillion on your two-wheeler, and make sure that the pillion wears a helmet as well.

  • Never use a mobile phone for calling or texting while driving your car or bike.

  • Do not use headphones to speak while riding a bike. If you want to take/make a call, find a suitable parking spot, park your bike and make the call.

  • Do not aggressively ride your vehicle.

  • Carry all relevant documents like driving licence, smart card (registration), PUCC, and bike insurance or car insurance papers. Motor insurance is a crucial document that all car and bike owners must possess, and we have discussed why.

  • Always wear a seat belt while driving a car. Make sure your co-passenger wears a seatbelt too. The passengers seated in the back row are also required to wear seat belts, but in India, most people do not. But that should change, and for the safety of passengers, everyone should wear seat belts.

  • Do not overtake from the left side.

  • Do not speed aggressively.

  • Do not park your car or motorcycle in a ‘No Parking’ area.

  • Make sure not to enter a No Entry.

  • Obey traffic signals. Not obeying traffic signals often causes major accidents, which is more critical than paying a fine.

Importance of Motor Insurance

The blog mentions car and bike insurance quite a few times because it is mandatory to carry proper insurance documents. The Motor Vehicle Act 1988 mandates that all bike owners should carry at least a third-party insurance policy for bikes. A third-party insurance policy is a financial protection for you and others like pedestrians and other bike and car owners who get into an accident because of your fault.

In simple words, if your bike causes physical damage or bodily injury to any third-party property or person, it makes you liable to pay for the damages. Having a third-party bike insurance plan can save you from this liability by paying the third-party victim for their damages. Third-party car insurance also works in a similar manner.

It is also important to mention that if your car or bike takes any damage, third-party insurance will not pay for the repairs. There comes comprehensive bike insurance or car insurance. It will pay for your damages as well as cover all third-party liabilities. So, if you plan to buy a 4- or 2-wheeler insurance online, get the comprehensive one.

Conclusion

If you are living in Mumbai and wondering if Mumbai RTO fines are different from those of Maharashtra, they are not. The traffic rules across the State of Maharashtra are the same, and what we discussed in this blog are arguably the most common reasons why a car or bike owner is fined in Maharashtra. We have also discussed the ways to avoid traffic fines. Follow them, and you will most likely be safe.

FAQs

When did the State of Maharashtra implement the new traffic fines?

The Motor Vehicle Act of 2019 made some new amendments to the new traffic fines in the year 2019. However, several states did not implement the amendments with immediate effect. Maharashtra implemented the new revised fines in December 2019.

Who can impose and collect traffic fines in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra traffic rules authorise a Police Constable to fine traffic offenders and collect the fines in most common cases. However, for non-compoundable offences, a constable can take cognisance of the offence and report it to the Sr. Police Inspector in charge.

Am I liable for a traffic fine if my car breaks down on the road?

Yes. Traffic police can fine you ₹50 for every hour your broken-down car obstructs traffic. However, there can be exceptions in some dire cases where your car becomes immovable due to an accident caused by a third party.

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