With the traffic police in bigger cities becoming more vigilant, we also need to get more aware about all the traffic rules. While the common rules on speeding, drunk driving etc are known to most of us, there ARE a few rules most of us are unaware of. Here is our expert’s pick of the top 9 traffic rules you may not be aware of.

  1. If you are stuck in a parking lot because of another vehicle obstructing his exit, then you can call the police and the driver of the obstructing vehicle would have to pay a penalty.
  2. Check before you drive – if the horn of your car does not function and you are unable to warn others on the road, then you can be fined by the authorities.
  3. Improper use of headlights is a punishable offence. While you might keep arguing with the traffic cop about how headlights are a MUST, do remember that the fine is Rs. 100/- for the first time and up to Rs. 300/- for repeat offenders.
  4. Beware if you own a badly maintained car. You can be penalised for it. The fine is up to Rs. 1000/- for the first time and Rs. 5000/- subsequently.
  5. In Mumbai, if a car sports a video or a T.V. on the dashboard, the owner of the car has to pay a fine of Rs. 100/- if caught by the police.


  1. Not providing first aid to the passengers in case of a road accident, may cause the driver to spend a period of three months in jail or pay a fine of Rs. 500/- or both.
  2. Fixing a multi-toned horn or a shrill horn is also an offence that can force the owner of the vehicle to pay a fine of Rs. 500/-.
  3. Motorists who do not give way to emergency vehicles like ambulance, fire engines or police control room vans have to pay a fine of up to Rs. 100/-.
  4. Last but not least, there is also a clause in the Motor Vehicle Act that says that if a person is fined for any violation during the course of the day, the authorities are not supposed to charge him for any other breach till midnight of that day, provided he shows the police the receipt of the fine amount paid or the Challan. Don’t use this as an incentive to repeat the offence however. Drive safe.


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