Fine for Jumping Red Light Signal in India

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There are red light jumping challans that you should be mindful of, while driving on the roads in India. Here is a brief guide towards learning more about the fine and challan for jumping red light signal in India.

Red Light Jumping Challans – An Introduction

India has always witnessed a growing incidence of deaths and mishaps taking place due to varied accidents on the road. This has taken place not only due to the higher proportion of vehicles on roads today, but also due to the failure of citizens in following traffic rules and safe driving practices. One of the prime causes of accidents is jumping red lights. Traffic signals exist in order to manage the overall flow of traffic, particularly at junctions and intersections. The red colour of a traffic light which indicates that you should slow down and stop at the traffic signal. The yellow light alerts people to start slowing down for either stopping or starting. The green light is what allows people to get moving again.

Is a red light jump allowed? 

Jumping a red light or breaking the traffic signal is not legal and is an offence or violation of the traffic rules. It is deemed illegal by the Indian Motor Vehicle Act.

Red light jumping challan – Things to know 

You will have to pay a jumping red light fine if you break the signal or violate the traffic rule. You will be given a red light jump challan of Rs. 1,000 for breaking or not following the traffic signal or light. Prior to the Motor Vehicle Act amendment, a fine of roughly Rs. 100-300 was chargeable as the challan for red light jump.

The signal jump challan penalty is similar for all vehicles which are breaking the signals on roads. This is not dependent on the specific vehicle type.

Read More: Updated List of Rules for Traffic Violations and Fines in India

The procedure followed after breaking the traffic signal

If you break a traffic signal or red light, then here are the procedural aspects that will happen thereafter:

  • Your vehicle will be stopped by the traffic police officer on the side of the road.
  • The police officer will ask to see all your relevant documents of the vehicle including the driving license and the RC book as well. These documents will then be verified for authenticity by the police officer.
  • The police officer will then issue the jumping red light challan either offline through the official slip or even online.
  • If the challan has been given to your offline, then you should venture to the traffic police station nearest to your location. You will have to ask the traffic police officers present there about the fine that is pending. You will have to pay up this amount and stay free of the liability or obligation.
  • If you have been given the challan online, then you should visit the website of your State Transport Department. Find the tab which covers the payment for violating traffic rules or challans. Enter the challan or vehicle number thereafter. You have to then pay the amount stated in the challan. You can make use of your credit or debit card for completing the payment.
  • Whatever you do, be it offline or online, ensure that you keep the receipt of this payment safely with you for reference in the future.

Once you pay this fine, then you will be completely free of any liabilities or obligations.

Conclusion

You can always make sure that you avoid breaking traffic signals. You should avoid over-speeding near a road intersection. Not only will you break the traffic signal, but you will also end up hitting other vehicles coming from the opposite direction. You should take a U-turn when you do not have any traffic in the opposite direction.

The red light should be viewed carefully from a distance. Keep checking the traffic signal light and control the vehicle speed accordingly. Always service the vehicle regularly in order to avoid any disastrous loss of control or other sudden mishaps.

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