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Important Safety Rules That You Must Follow While Driving in Delhi

By Juhi Walia
14 September 2022, 11:42 AM

Delhi’s roads regularly witness heavy traffic. While driving in Delhi, you must avoid all distractions and stay cautious about reaching your destination safely. Further, it would be best to respect the traffic rules that have been framed to make your ride safer. Breaching the same can attract penalties.

Before hitting the roads, keep yourself protected with a suitable bike insurance policy to safeguard against monetary risks arising from a mishap.

The Transport Department of Government of NCT of Delhi has strictly enforced the Motor Vehicles Act 2019 to curb traffic violations by reckless drivers. Challans are being issued at the spot or through mail to drivers whose risky driving can endanger the lives of others.

Strict monitoring through CCTV cameras and sensors enforces compliance with traffic regulations. You can learn the rules below that you must follow while driving in Delhi. This will help you steer clear of any legal or monetary issues such as:

  • Fines
  • Potential accidents with pedestrians, etc.

Rules to be Observed When Driving in Delhi

Below is an overview of all the essential driving rules in Delhi.  

1. Always Carry Important Documents Attesting Your Legal Driving Status

You must carry the following documents in physical format or store them in a digital locker while driving:

  • Registration copy or smart card
  • Driving licence
  • Car insurance policy
  • PUC certificate
  • RTO receipt (For new vehicle owners- valid for three months)

2. Abstain From Illegal Driving Practices

You must not drive:

  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • While talking over the phone or virtually conversing with someone on a handheld device.
  • To perform stunts with your car.
  • Without wearing seatbelts.
  • With more one co-passengers than your bike can comfortably accommodate
  • In a zigzag pattern just for fun

3. Drive at Speed Limits Set by Delhi Police

To ensure safety, Delhi Police has set maximum speed limits for vehicles. These are as follows:

  • 25 KMPH or lesser at roads where repair work is in progress.
  • 30 KMPH in roads passing through markets, residential areas, service lanes, flyover approach loops.
  • 50 KMPH on main roads, particularly at intersections of ring and outer ring roads.
  • 60 KMPH on ring road and outer ring road except along North Campus, Model Town, and residential campuses
  • 70 KMPH on highways and expressways within Delhi’s jurisdiction, including DND flyover, Meerut e-way, NH 48, etc.

You must not exceed these speed limits while driving.

4. Follow General Traffic Rules

In Delhi, you have to always abide by the following life-saving traffic rules while driving your car: 

  • Wait for pedestrians to pass at unregulated crossings.
  • Make way for vehicles at your right while travelling at crossroads where traffic signals are not working.
  • Drive slowly and never tailgate another vehicle.
  • Maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you to avoid a collision if the front vehicle suddenly stops.
  • Never increase your car’s speed when another vehicle is overtaking you.
  • Never overtake a vehicle at railway or pedestrian crossing or crossroads.
  • Don’t overtake if your visibility up to 150 meters in front is blurred due to a curve or road gradient.
  • Always overtake from the right unless the front vehicle’s driver has gestured that he is turning right.
  • Refrain from overtaking heavy cars or loaded trucks when they are turning.
  • While coming out of or entering a driveway or private property, blow your horn and move out slowly.
  • Slow down at school or hospital crossings for pedestrians; don’t overtake a vehicle that has pulled over at such a crossing.
  • Don’t move backwards in reverse gear for long stretches of the road.
  • Never carry a load on your car’s carrier in a way that it juts out from the side, rear, or front of your car.
  • Don’t use your vehicle to carry inflammable, prohibited, or explosive substances.
  • Never apply brakes suddenly, mainly when the road is congested; follow the minimum braking time advised for various speeds.
  • At junctions or traffic intersections, don’t overstep the painted stop line.
  • Refrain from crossing the yellow divider road line even during overtaking.

Key Takeaways

It would be best if you cooperated with Delhi traffic personnel in keeping roads safe by following all rules prescribed for risk-free driving.

Always protect yourself with car insurance so as not to land in any monetary problem if an unfortunate incident happens while driving. Always give way to pedestrians, particularly children and elderly people.  

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1. Is driving with a valid vehicular insurance policy mandatory for Delhi roads?

Yes, as per the provision of the Motor Vehicles Act, you cannot drive without valid car insurance. You must at least have a third-party car insurance policy.

If caught without a valid insurance policy, you can be fined INR 2,000 or INR 4,000 based on the offence’s frequency and/or imprisonment up to 3 months.

2. What are the consequences of overloading my car with passengers or rash driving?

If the traffic police consider the occupancy quotient of your car as overloaded, you will be fined INR 1,000 for every extra passenger.

For rash drivers, there is a provision for a fine of INR 1000 – INR 5000 or 6 months imprisonment. If caught a second time for reckless driving, you can be fined up to INR 10,000 or imprisoned for a maximum of 2 years.

3. If I forget to buckle the seat belt, will I be fined?

Yes, Delhi Police will charge INR 1,000 as a fine for this offence.

4. My driving licence has expired. Can I drive in the lanes of Delhi where the traffic is not heavy?

No, you have to renew your licence before driving. Else, you will be fined INR 10,000.

5. I am returning after attending a party and have consumed alcohol in a moderate amount of. I am in my senses and alert. Is driving in such a condition permitted in Delhi?

If you are under the influence of alcohol, even in a moderate amount, it can dull your senses and slow down your reflex action.

If the alcohol meter of Traffic Police detects your drunken stage, you can be fined INR 10,000 and may be jailed for six months. For a second offence, the fine will increase to INR 15,000, and you may be imprisoned for two years.

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