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Fine despite the helmet on the international driving license: 5 new rules

There have been recent changes to transport rules, including updating the Motor Vehicle Act and new standards according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Here’s what you need to know.

On August 26, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a statement to announce changes to the issuance of an International Driving Permit (IDP). According to this statement, IDP has been standardized across the country and will help authorities in other countries to verify the same. The modifications are in accordance with the Convention on International Road Traffic of 1949 (Geneva Convention).

Meanwhile, in May, the Motor Vehicles Act 1998 was amended to ensure road safety, reduce accidents and control traffic offences. Under the new rules, even if a two-wheeler driver wears a helmet, he may have to pay fines under certain circumstances.

Both of these changes affect four-wheeler and two-wheeler riders across the country. It is important that drivers know and follow these rule changes.

Here are 5 key new rules from both updates:

  1. Fine up to Rs 2,000 despite wearing a helmet: Under the latest update to the Motor Vehicles Act 1998, fines can be imposed on riders of two-wheelers who wear a helmet improperly. If you wear a helmet with the band/buckle/strap not attached, you will be asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,000. If your helmet does not have BSI (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification, you will be asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,000. If you violate traffic rules like jumping a red light, you will be asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 even if you are wearing a helmet.
  2. Fine of Rs 1,000 if the children do not wear a helmet: The new rules also include those for children under four on two wheels. Children must wear helmets and riders must use harness belts for them. The driver must maintain a maximum speed limit of 40 km/h when driving with children. If these rules are not respected, you will be asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 and your driving license will be suspended for three months.
  3. Fine of Rs 20,000 for overloading the vehicle: The latest update also attracts a massive fine of Rs 20,000 for overloading a two-wheeler. You will be asked to spit an additional fine of Rs 2,000 per ton.
  4. All states must issue the same international driving permit: Until now, each state issued a different format for an International Driving Permit (IDP), causing hassle for drivers. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has introduced a uniform format across all states. The document will be issued in the form of a booklet. The IDP is valid in 102 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. This format should help the problems faced by Indians in foreign countries regarding verification.
  5. QR code to link IDP to driver’s license: In the new standardized format, a QR code will be included in the booklet. This will contain data relating to the driver so that authorities in other countries can easily verify it.

Edited by Divya Sethu

Sources

“Now ₹2,000 fine if helmet strap is detached or BSI mark is missing: check details” Published May 19, 2022 Courtesy of Hindustan Times

‘The Ministry of Roads standardizes the process of issuing an International Driving Permit’ Published on 29 August 2022 Courtesy Business Standard

‘MoRTH standardizes the process of issuing international driving licenses’ by Akhil Dalvi for Autocar India, Published 30 August 2022

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