There has been a particular focus on what steps might be taken to reduce road accidents in India since the passing of Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, in a traffic accident. Road accidents have been steadily increasing, due to everything from speeding to intoxicated driving. According to the research “Road Accidents in India — 2020,” over 11% of fatalities and injuries were caused by failure to use seat belts, while 30.1% of fatalities and 26% of injuries were brought on by failure to wear helmets. Thus, in order to increase safety and decrease traffic accidents, the government developed and enacted the Motor Vehicles Act of 1998, which drivers are required to be aware of.
Before operating a car on Indian roadways, Indian drivers need to be aware of the following five new regulations:
- Riders who wear helmets may nevertheless get a fine
According to the most recent information, users on two-wheelers who don’t wear their helmets correctly may face penalties. The strap of the helmet must be secured, and it must be worn appropriately. If the helmet is not fastened, the rider will be subject to a $1,000 fine. All helmets must bear an ISI mark, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). It is illegal to wear and sell helmets without an ISI mark. The helmet should include an opaque cover for the eyes. Additionally crucial is the helmet’s BIS certification. Your helmet could be taken away if you are discovered wearing an unauthorised helmet or if you disobey any of the rules.
- If kids are not wearing helmets, there will be a fine of Rs 1,000:
Children under the age of four are required to wear helmets, and riders must utilise harness belts for them as a safety measure. When riding with kids on two wheels, the rider must keep the speed restriction at 40 kmph. If a rider is found to be in violation of these restrictions, they will be subject to a $1,000 fine and a three-month licence suspension.
- An overloaded vehicle will be fined Rs 20,000:
A hefty punishment of Rs 20,000 is also included in the most recent update for overloading a two-wheeler. Riders would also be required to pay an extra Rs 2,000 per tonne fee.
- The issuing of standard international driving permits by the states
For the International Driving Permit (IDP), which will be given as a booklet, MoRTH has standardised the format throughout all states. The US, UK, Canada, UAE, and Australia are just a few of the 102 nations where the IDP is legal. This format is intended to address verification-related concerns experienced by Indians living abroad.
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