In just a week, Bengaluru Traffic Police officials have collected over Rs 70 lakh in fines from motorists in the city. Several residents have been made to cough up hefty fines as per the new rules in the Motor Vehicles Act; in fact, one resident had to pay Rs 17,000 for multiple traffic violations.
As per statistics released by Bengaluru Traffic Police department, there were 6813 people booked for traffic violations in Bengaluru between September 4 and September 9 (until 10 am). Traffic police officials collected Rs 72, 49,900 in fines in the same period i.e over Rs 18 lakh collected as fines per day.
The statistics were compiled after new fine amounts were fixed as per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. The fines collected per day has not increased significantly, however the money collected has increased due to a steep hike in the fines.
The fines levied included the Rs 17,000 fine paid by Akash, a resident of Varthur in the city, for multiple offences. He was caught by the traffic police on September 3 on Kanakapura Road with charges of drinking and driving, driving without a helmet and driving without a license.
The most common offence since the new rules kicked in were cases of pillion riders without a helmet. There were 2645 such cases while there were an additional 1968 cases of motorists riding without a helmet. In both cases, the new fine is Rs 1000 for each offence.
There were also 708 cases of motorists driving without wearing the seat belt. The new fine for such an offence is Rs 1000. There were 695 cases of drivers using their mobile phones while driving and 109 cases of drivers without the vehicle insurance. 72 cases of drinking and driving were also registered in this period.
Traffic police officials also clarified that motorists in the city can show the documents stored on Digilocker, the national Digital Locker System, during traffic police checks and that they need not necessarily show a hard copy of the original documents.
As per statistics of traffic violations compiled from January to July, Bengaluru traffic police officials booked 5103649 cases of traffic violations, which is over 7 lakh cases on average per month. In these cases, traffic police collected Rs 381,102,350 as fines which is around Rs 54,445,192 on average per month. This comes down to Rs 18 lakh collected in traffic fines everyday. In comparison, around Rs. 23 lakh was collected on average in traffic fines in 2018.