Mangaluru, June 28 2019: Routine fines for using the mobile phone while driving, wrong parking, exceeding the speed limit and other offences have gone up multi-fold as the Transport Department has cracked down on the “common causes” for accident.
The new revised fines were published in the special gazette on June 27, Thursday and come into effect immediately. The notification has done away with the practice of fixing fines depending on category of vehicles and has focused on the offender instead.
Therefore, using a mobile phone while driving will attract a fine of Rs 1,000 for the first offence and Rs 2,000 subsequently, unlike the earlier regime when two-wheelers, non-transport vehicles and transport vehicles paid Rs 300, Rs 400 and Rs 500 respectively.
Similarly, the different penalty amounts for driving vehicles without fitness certificate have gone up. The notification fixes horizontal slabs for all vehicles: Rs 2,000 for the first offence and Rs 5,000 for subsequent offences, a two-fold increase.
The fine for driving a vehicle without insurance has been doubled from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 while the parking violation will attract Rs 1,000 for the first offence and Rs 2,000 for subsequent ones for all types of vehicles. So, avoid all traffic offences from now on.