With an aim to reduce the number of road accidents, the West Bengal government has decided to increase traffic violation fines as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
A notification issued by the state Transport Department on Tuesday said that a person driving a car without a license will be fined Rs 5,000, up from the previous fine of Rs 500. Similarly, one driving recklessly with have to pay a fine of up to Rs 4,000, which was Rs 400 earlier. One has to pay an amount between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 for violating driving rules on the road, while Rs 2,000 will be imposed for lapsed car insurance and Rs 5,000 for racing on the road. A fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed if any vehicle plies sans road permit, and Rs 5,000 if it's not registered. A biker will have to pay Rs 1,000 for riding without a helmet.
The new guidelines will come into effect soon. Traffic police personnel and motor vehicle inspectors can collect the fines.