Weekly update: Tougher traffic fines imminent

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Published on 21 June, 2024
Drivers need to be on their guard as fines for around thirty traffic offenses are set to increase shortly. Additionally, hospitals have recently reported a surge of 5,000 respiratory infection cases.

Road safety: Fines to increase soon

Take heed! Penalties for traffic offenses are due to be raised soon. This initiative aims to curb repeat offenses and bolster road safety. It's vital that drivers recognise the risks involved and practice responsible driving to steer clear of these fines.

From now on, driving without a license will lead to a Rs 1,000 fine. The same penalty applies for not having an accident report form or a vehicle inspection certificate. Overloading passengers in public transport will attract a Rs 1,500 fine. The same fee applies for picking up a passenger outside a designated bus stop. Driving with an open door, as well as violations at petrol stations, will also incur a Rs 1,500 fine. Additionally, driving a vehicle without a front or rear registration plate will result in a Rs 1,000 fine, while having a non-compliant registration plate will draw a hefty Rs 25,000 fine.

Illegal street racing will face strict penalties. For a first offense, fines will range from £10,000 to Rs 25,000. Repeat offenders will face fines between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 for a second offense.

For speeding over 25 km/h, the fine has been increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,500. Failing to give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings will cost Rs 3,000. Not wearing a seatbelt or overtaking on a pedestrian crossing will also result in a Rs 5,000 fine.

Respiratory infections: 5,000 cases reported in one week

The number of respiratory infection cases continues to climb. From June 10 to June 16, health authorities recorded 5,000 new cases nationwide. This rise is largely attributed to the recent drop in temperatures, which has helped spread the virus. The public is urged to get vaccinated against the flu at local health centers, open from 9 AM to 3 PM on weekdays and until 11 AM on Saturdays.