Stricter traffic rules to be implemented starting tomorrow

Driving licences of traffic violators in the national capital will be suspended for three months as Delhi Traffic Police is all set to implement Supreme Court-appointed committee’s recommendations from tomorrow.

“Seizing and suspension of driving licences, even for the first offenders, will take place for jumping red light, drunken driving, over-speeding, using mobile phone while driving, and carrying passengers in goods vehicles,” said Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner (Traffic).

“We are going to implement the recommendations of the Supreme Court’s Committee strictly from day one and all the Traffic staff have been readied to handle violators as per the new guidelines,” he said.

The senior officers and field staff have been briefed through meetings and a detailed circular about implementation of the new guidelines will come into force from tomorrow morning, the officer said. Besides, the violations of traffic rules will also be punished with heavy fines.

Fines for first offence and subsequent offences in case of over-speeding will be Rs 400 and Rs 1,000 respectively, the officer said. In case of drunk driving, court challans will be issued and such drivers could end up paying a fine of upto Rs 2,000, besides serving jail term of upto 6 months on being sentenced by magistrate on their first offence.

On subsequent offences of drunk driving, the accused will pay fine of upto Rs 3,000, besides being sent behind bars for a period of upto 2 years, he said. The fines for using mobile phone while driving as first and subsequent offence will be Rs Rs 1,000 and Rs 2000. People not wearing helmet and seat belt will be fined with Rs 100 and Rs 300, the officer added.