In this post, I will try to cover all details about the traffic chalan in India including topics like what is e-challan and how to pay online challan. So, keep reading.

India is the world’s largest democracy and the second most populated country in the world with a population of 1.4 billion people. Naturally, a country this big will need a good infrastructure for transport and here comes the role of personal or public vehicles. India has more than 18.9 crore vehicles. So, in order to maintain a healthy transport system, there are some road rules in the Indian constitution that all citizens should obey for their own safety.

Traffic Challan

These road rules came into effect in July 1989 and Known by name, ‘Rules of the Road Regulation’ under the Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1988. These rules applied to all citizens and vehicle drivers to maintain a systematic traffic system for the safety of the people. Any violation of these road rules or traffic rules will lead to penalty and severe punishment as traffic challan. This traffic challan will be the prime discussion subject of this article.

As mentioned before, any violation of traffic rules may lead to a traffic challan as a penalty. If someone fails to be present before the court by the due date, a warrant will be by the government against him or her and it which might lead to the arrest of the person along with more penalties or traffic challan.

But there are different types of traffic challan depending on the offence, severity of the offence and cooperation of the driver. Here are the different types of traffic challan in India.

Types of Traffic Chalan in India:

There are different types of traffic chalan depending on the offence, vehicle and the situation. I am listing those below.

Chalan due to absence of document or other offences related to Documents:

Offence Penalty Amount Act and Section
Driving a vehicle without carrying a valid driving license INR 5000 Motor Vehicle Act Section 181and Section 180
Driving a vehicle without carrying all the required documents as specified in Motor Vehicle Act INR 500 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 130(3) r/w 177
Absence of a valid auto insurance while driving INR 2000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 196
Driving without a valid permit Could be fined up to INR 10,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 192 A
Travelling without ticket INR 500 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 178
Driving after being disqualified INR 10,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 182
Violating licensing conditions (Aggregators) INR 25,000 to INR 1 lakh Motor Vehicle Act Section 193
Absence of a Valid Vehicle Fitness Certificate while driving. INR 2000 to INR 5000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 130 r/w 177
Vehicle without RC Book (Registration Certificate) INR 2000 Motor Vehicle Act39 r/w 192
Use of Offensive Number Plate in vehicle INR 100 CMVR 105 (2) (ii)
Displaying ‘Applied For’ in place of number plate INR 4500 177 Motor Vehicle Act

 

Traffic Chalan due to violation of driving rules:

Offence Penalty Amount Section
Driving vehicle over the speed limit For Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs): INR 1,000

For Medium Passenger Vehicles (MPVs): INR 2,000

Motor Vehicle Act, Section 183
Violation of rules of road regulation INR 500 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 177A
Driving by a minor (aged below 18). INR 500 Motor Vehicle Act, 4 r/w 181
If a minor (aged below 18 years) breaks rule Rs.25,000 Fine and 3 years of imprisonment of the guardian of the individual or owner of the vehicle. Also, the registration of the vehicle will be cancelled Motor Vehicle Act, Section 199
Disregarding the orders of the authorities INR 2,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 179
 
Oversize vehicles INR 5,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 182 B
In the case of an unlicenced driver INR 1000 Motor Vehicle Act, 5 r/w 180
Driving without wearing a helmet (for two-wheelers) INR 1,000 fine along with disqualification of driving license for 3 months Motor Vehicle Act, 129 r/w177
Driving without properly wearing the seat belts INR 1,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 194 B
Rough/ Reckless Driving INR 1000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 177
Dangerous driving INR 5,000 Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act
Racing on public roads INR 5,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 189
Not making way for emergency vehicles like Ambulance, Fire-brigade etc. INR 10,000 Motor Vehicle Act Section 194 E
Not driving in the proper lane. Court Challan Motor Vehicle Act, 112-183
Driving in the centre instead of left INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 66 r/w 192
Driving against One Way. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 2 RRR r/w 177
Reversing without due caution and care. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 17 (i) RRR 177
Reckless driving while taking a “Turn”. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 177
If people are carried on Footboard. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 3 RRR
Tripling on two-wheelers. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 128/177
Driving vehicle on Footpath. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section RRR 177
Stopping or parking a vehicle at crossing line and causing inconvenience to pedestrians INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 177 RRR

 

Traffic Challan Due to Violation of Road Marking:

Offence Penalty Amount Section
If  the Yellow Line is violated INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 119/177
If the Stop Line is Violated. INR 100 113(1)/177 DMVR
If someone does not obey the mandatory Signs. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 119/177

 

Traffic Challan to Improper Use of Vehicle Features:

INR 100CMVR 105 (2) (ii)INR 100177 Motor Vehicle ActINR 100119(1)/177 CMVRINR 100CMVR 105 (2) (ii)

Offences Penalty Section
Improper use of headlights and/ or taillight for your vehicle used in driving.
If someone uses High Beam when it is not needed.
Driving without a Horn when needed.
Improper usage of the horn when you drive.

 

Traffic Police Chalan or Chalan Due to Misconduct

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Disobeying a Traffic Police Officer in uniform. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 119
Driving against Police Signal. INR 100 22 (a) RRR
Not obeying Traffic Signal. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 177
If someone Purposely disobeys Lawful Directions. INR 500 Motor Vehicle Act, 132/179

 

Traffic Challan Due to not Obeying Traffic Signal:

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Not Obeying Traffic signal / Sign Board. INR 100 22 (b) RRR
Not giving appropriate Signal while driving. INR 100 239 MMVR
Signal Jumping. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 177

 

Traffic Chalan Related to Speed & Overtaking:

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Driving above the Permitted Speed Limits. Up to INR 1000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 112 – 183
Reckless Overtaking. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 6 (a) RRR r/w 177
Overtaking from the Wrong Side. INR 100 177 Motor Vehicle Act

 

Traffic Chalan due to Offences Related to Driving:

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Driving after consumption of Alcohol and/ or Drugs. INR 10,000 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 185
Using Mobile Phone while Driving. Up to INR 1000 184 Motor Vehicle Act
Driving a vehicle with an untenanted engine. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 126-177
Parking Vehicle at a dangerous position. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 122/177
Playing Loud music while Driving. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 102/ 177
Driving a vehicle without a fixed Silencer. INR 100 120/190 (2)/177 CMVR

Challan Due to Towing of Automobiles:

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Two-Wheeler. INR 100 Motor Vehicles Act, section RRR 177
Truck, Trailer, Tanker. INR 600 Motor Vehicles Act, section RRR 177
Car, Auto Rickshaw, Jeep, Cab. INR 200 Motor Vehicles Act, section RRR 177

Traffic Challan Due to Pollution Caused by Vehicle:

Offences Penalty Amount Section
Smoking in Public Transport INR 100 86 (1) (5)/ 177 DMVR
Pollution Not Under Control. INR 100 99 (1) (a)/ 177 DMVR
Using a Noisy Silencer and/ or muffler INR 500 96 (1)/ 177 DMVR
Smoky Exhaust (against specifications). INR 500 CMVR 120
Using multi-toned horn or using excessively loud Horn INR 500 119 CMVR
Blowing Pressure Horn. INR 100 190 (2) Motor Vehicle Act
Use of horn in Silence Zone. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 190 (2)

 Also read: How to apply for Duplicate RC

Traffic Chalan Related to Motor Vehicles:

INR 10084 (G) – 177 Motor Vehicles Act INR 100Motor Vehicles Act, Section 5, 7/177INR 100120, 177 Motor Vehicles Act INR 100Motor Vehicles Act, section 116 MMVR 177

Offences Penalty/Sentence Section
Particulars to be printed on transport vehicles.
Driving Vehicle Without Wiper INR 100 Motor Vehicles Act, CMVR 101 5,12 177
Driving Vehicle Without Side Mirror.
Driving vehicle with defective INR 100 CMVR 94
No indication board on left-hand drive vehicle.
If the public carrier board is Not displayed.
Vehicle overloading with goods INR 2000 primary penalty with INR 1000 for every other ton. Motor Vehicle Act, Section MMVR 93 (u) (i) 177
Breach of permit terms and conditions. Imprisonment and penalty of INR 2000 up to INR 5000. Not Applicable
If coloured/ Tinted lights are used on the vehicle INR 100 97 (2)/ 177 DMVR

 

 

Traffic Challan Related to Commercial Vehicles:

Offences Penalty/Sentence Section
Working in ‘NO ENTRY’ Time Up to INR 2000 Motor Vehicle Act, section 115/194
High and Long / Load of Commercial Vehicles INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 29 RRR/177
Carrying animals in goods vehicles. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section MMVR 83 177
If driver refuses to weigh his vehicle. Court Challan Motor Vehicle Act, section 114/194(2)
If goods are loaded using Tail Board. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section MMVR 202 & 177
If Taxi or TSR Driver does not behave properly or misconducts INR 100 11(3)/ 177 DMVR
Carrying goods in an unsafe manner. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section MMVR 202 177
If Taxi or TSR Driver over charges. INR 100 11(8)/ 177 DMVR
Carrying possessions higher than 11 feet. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section MMVR 93 (u) (i) 177
Charging if the vehicle does not have a Meter. INR 100 11(8)/ 177 DMVR
Transporting people hazardously INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section MMVR 108 177
Driving Taxi without wearing Khaki Uniform. INR 100 7/ 177 DMVR
If the Conductor does not wear a specified Uniform. INR 100 23 (1)/ 177 DMVR
Conductor without Badge. INR 100 22 (1)/ 177 DMVR

 

Traffic Challan due to Wrong Parking or Parking Challan

Offences Penalty/Sentence Section
Parking in the same direction as the flow of traffic. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 22 (a) RRR 177
Parking away from the walkway towards the road. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 15 (2) RRR 177
Parking against the flow of traffic. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 15 (2) RRR 177
Parking Vehicle caused Obstruction to other vehicles and people. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, 15 (2) RRR 177
Parking on any Taxi Stand. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, Section 15 (2) RRR 177
Parking at any Corner/ Edge. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (i) RRR 177
Parking on any side of the Bus Stop in 15-meter radius. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (2) RRR 177
Parking on a Bridge. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (2) (i) RRR 177
If the vehicle is Parked at any Traffic Island. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (i) RRR 177
If the vehicle is Parked in ‘No Parking Zone. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (2) RRR 177
If vehicle is Parked on any Pedestrian Crossing. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (2) (iii) RRR 177
If vehicle is Parked on Walkways. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15(2) (ii) RRR 177
If vehicle is parked in front of any gate. INR 100 Motor Vehicle Act, section 15 (2) (viii) RRR 177

 

 

Traffic Challan Due to Offences committed by the authorities:

Offences Penalty/Sentence Section
Offences by any law enforcement official Twice the amount of penalty which is relevant to the respective section Motor Vehicle Act, Section 210 B

 

What is e-Challan?

E-challan is the modern CCTV enabled auto-generated challan system to reduce the number of road accidents in India. In the process of e-challan, a constantly recording CCTV camera is used and the footage is stored online. Now if any vehicle driver breaks any traffic rule, the offence will be recorded in CCTV footage. Later the traffic police or concerned authority extract the Plate number of the vehicle from the footage. After that, the offence and vehicle details will be registered in their records.

Next, the traffic police will contact the concerned Regional Transport Office (RTO) to find other details of the vehicle like the name and address of the owner, model of the vehicle, previous challan due record etc. As soon as they get the details, they will send an SMS to the registered phone number of the owner with the naming offence committed with details like date and location, time of the offence.

How to Pay e-Challan?

There are two ways you can pay your e-challan. They are:

Online mode:

To pay e-challan it online, follow these steps:

  • The e-challan issued to you will have a unique challan number. Enter it.
  • Fill in the captcha and click “get details”.
  • It will redirect you to another page containing your challan details.
  • Now proceed to payment by clicking pay now.
  • Print the receipt after payment and its done.
Offline mode:

If you want to pay e-challan offline, visit your nearest police station and make the payment against your unique e-challan number.

How to Check Status of Traffic Challan:

To check your traffic challan online, you have to follow these steps:

  • Visit the website TRACES | Login (tdscpc.gov.in)
  • Now log in. If you don’t have an account, click register as a new user to register yourself and log in.

  • Deductors/Collectors, taxpayer and PAO need to register on TRACES
  • Depending on what you have chosen in step 2, you will be directed to another page.
  • Now you have to fill in the required details.
  • After filling in all details, click proceed.
  • Now, click on the Statements/Payments tab.
  • Click Challan Status from the drop-down menu.
  • Now, challan status can be viewed in two ways. Using CIN (Challan Identification Number) or using BIN (books identification number).
  • Choose BIN/CIN and click “period of payment”, then click go.
  • Now you can see your challan status on the screen.

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