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Everything You Need to Know About Traffic Fines in Delhi

By Vikas Chandra Das
27 July 2022, 4:19 PM

The capital city of Delhi faces many road accidents daily. The alarming incidence of road deaths in the nation's capital and a spike in traffic offences throughout the country made the government notify provisions of the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019, including a proposal of fine for traffic rule violators.

Documents Vehicle Owners Must Have While Riding in Delhi

Delhi enacted new traffic regulations and charges on September 1, 2019. The vehicle owners in the capital city must have a driver's licence, registration certificate, pollution under control certificate, and proof of insurance while riding with their vehicles. 

Revised Traffic Fines for Traffic Violation in Delhi

As per Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, under Section 177, the general penalty for the first offense is set up to Rs. 500/-, and for the second offense, it is up to Rs. 1500/-. The fines for other violations are as follows:

  • License & Insurance-related Violations
Violation Amended Traffic Fines Old Traffic Fines

Driving without Licence

(Section 181)

 ₹5,000  ₹500

 Driving without Insurance

(Section 196)

₹2,000 and/or a 3-month prison.

₹4,000 for subsequent offence and/or imprisonment.

A fine of ₹1,000 with a punishment of up to 3 months.

 Vehicles without Permit

(Section 192A)

Imprisonment up to six months and a fine of ₹10,000.

Second offence, imprisonment between 6 months to one year and/or fine of Rs. 10,000.

Up to ₹5,000

Using a vehicle without Registration

(Section 192)


For the second offence, imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of upto ₹10,000.

  • Dangerous Driving Violations
 Violation Amended Traffic FinesOld Traffic Fines



(Section 183(1))

Light motor vehicles: ₹1,000- ₹2,000.

Multi-purpose vehicle (MPV)/heavy passenger vehicle (HPV): ₹2,000- ₹4,000 (+ licence seizure).



 Racing and Speeding

(Section 189)

Three months prison and/or ₹5,000.

₹10,000 for subsequent violation and up to a year in prison.



 Dangerous Driving

(Section 184)

Imprisonment from six months to a year or with a fine from ₹1,000- ₹5,000.

For a subsequent offence, imprisonment up to two years and/or a fine of INR 10,000.

 ₹100 - ₹300

 Violation of road regulations

(Section 177A)

 ₹500- ₹1000₹100
  • Violations While Inside/on the Vehicle
 ViolationAmended Traffic FinesOld Traffic Fines

Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs

(Section 185)

₹10,000 and/or six months in prison.

₹15,000 and/or two years in jail for the repetitive violation.


 Driving without Seat Belt

(Section 194B)

 ₹1,000  ₹100

 Driving While on the Mobile 

(Section 184)


 Riding without Helmet 

(Section 194D)

₹1000 and or licence disqualification, and community service for three months. - 


(Section 194(1))

FIne of ₹20,000 and 2000 per excess tonne and liability to pay for offloading ₹2000

 Over-boarding Passengers

(Section 194A)

₹200 for every extra passenger _
  • Unauthorised Activities
 ViolationAmended Traffic FinesOld Traffic Fines

 Driving despite Disqualification

(Section 182(1))

₹10,000, and/or community service.₹500

 Offences by Juvenile 

(Section 199A)

Guardian owner to be deemed guilty.

Fine of ₹25,000 with a 3-year prison, cancellation of registration for a year, juvenile ineligible for the licence until 25 years of age.


 Driving/Riding without Ticket 

(Section 178(3))


Refusing to Make Way for Emergency Vehicles

(Section 194E)

₹10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.

Unauthorized Vehicle Use Without a License

(Section 180)

₹1,000- ₹5,000₹1,000

Disobedience of orders, obstruction, and refusal of information

(Section 179)


Read more - Updated List of Rules and Fines for Traffic Violations in India

How to Avoid Traffic Challan in Delhi?

Follow the below-listed measures to avoid any imposition of a traffic fine, penalty or challan while driving/riding your vehicle in Delhi:

  • Following Board Sign

Make sure to pay attention to the traffic board signs around you while driving/riding and comply with them accordingly to avoid getting fined by the traffic officer.

  • Carry Vehicle Documents

You should carry your vehicle documentation everywhere you ride or drive. As per the government's regulations, you can carry your documents digitally, and every traffic officer is bound to accept that. One should register on Digi-locker so that you can show to the traffic police your documents saved on your mobile phone. And that would help you avoid challans for not having documents.


As a result of occurrences like these in the city, you should be careful when driving on roadways. Doing so will not only help you escape fines but also avoid a potential accident that could hurt you physically as well as financially. Moreover, have a bike insurance policy while riding your two-wheeler to avoid paying fines to the traffic police in Delhi.

Read more - 10 Ways to Navigate Heavy Traffic


1. How can I get rid of traffic tickets/challan in Delhi?

The Delhi Traffic Police is holding a National Lok Adalat to resolve the challan issued against bikes, cars or any other vehicles. You cannot settle your challan if you go directly to the court. You must first make an online reservation so that the traffic fine will get waived.

2. Are drivers from Delhi issued e-challan fines?

Yes, the Delhi Traffic Police issues e-challan fines to drivers if they violate the traffic norms. If you get an e-challan on your registered mobile number, you must pay it within sixty days of its issuance date.

3. What will happen if I do not pay my e-challan traffic fines?

The Department of Traffic Police will transmit your e-challan to the district court. It may pronounce a three-month jail term, impose a fine greater than the initial amount, or both.

4. What are some traffic regulations to follow in Delhi?

Remember the following Delhi traffic police laws and recommendations to avoid receiving a challan:

  1. Always use a seat belt or a helmet while driving or riding a vehicle.
  2. Remember the odd-even rule (as and when in force) in Delhi to avoid traffic fines.
  3. Avoid using your cell phone while driving.
  4. Only park your car in the approved places.
  5. A traffic fine may be imposed for violating lane discipline regulations.

5. Can we pay challan online in Delhi?

Yes, you may visit the official website of the Delhi Traffic Police and pay the challan using your debit/credit cards/net banking access.


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