Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: When was the last time you took your vehicle for repairs, maintenance or servicing? Many motorists would not care for timely maintenance of their vehicles which is one of the essential requirements under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act.

As per the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, timely maintenance of vehicle is a must and using a defective vehicle can attract a fine of Rs 1,500 as it can be hazardous to road safety.

A user of a defected vehicle can be fined under Section 190 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Apart from this, the penalty for altercation or retrofitting in vehicles by neglecting rules and regulations is also a threat to road safety and a punishable offence. Any violation can invite fine upto Rs 5,000 per altercation and imprisonment for six months.

Here is a list of other traffic violations and penalties:

-Driving without helmet attracts a penalty of Rs 1,000 and three months suspension of driving license on a subsequent offence.

- Under section 185 of MV Act, a penalty of Rs 10,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months for first offence, Rs 15,000 and imprisonment of 2 years for subsequent offence can be imposed for driving under the influence of alcohol.

- As per Section 180 of MV Act, the penalty for unauthorized use of vehicles without a license is Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 months.

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