TO DO & WHAT NOT TO DO:
traffic policeman in uniform has the right to demand
your drivers licence and inspect your vehicle documents.
He may impound your licence if he should so judge
a traffic policeman gives you instructions on the
road, it is your duty to obey them regardless of what
the electronic traffic signals say. When a traffic
policeman is stationed at a signal/crossing, he is
the final authority.
you cannot find your vehicle, it is likely that it
may have been towed rather than stolen. Ask around,
local shopkeepers are normally informed about local
traffic stations where impounded vehicles are kept.
WHAT ACTION A POLICEMAN MAY TAKE:
your vehicle when a traffic policeman so indicates.
may ask him what the reason for your being stopped
not argue with the policeman. If you feel there is
a genuine argument for your having broken a rule,
explain it to him.
you have committed a mistake, admit it candidly, seek
his pardon. He may well let you off with a warning
if approached with courtesy.
not drop names of policemen and influential people.
the policeman is insistent, show him the requisite
documents, and allow him to take whatever action falls
within the purview of his duties.
HARASSED BY A TRAFFIC POLICEMAN:
may note down the particulars of your licence which
will later be forwarded to a court. The court will
then issue instructions regarding what course of action
is to be taken - a certain amount as fine. If you
plead guilty and send the requisite amount, the case
will be filed, else summons will be sent to you and
the case will be judged on merit.
may impend your Drivers' Licence and issue a temporary
licence (which lasts only for a stipulated period).
You may compound the offence by paying a fine at the
police station under whose jurisdiction the licence
was impounded. Else you will be provided a summons
from court, if you fail to appear in court, an arrest
warrant may be issued.
the policeman is an officer of rank sub-inspector
or above, you may compound the office on the spot
by paying a fine. The relevant recipts will be provided
a traffic policeman harasses you for illegal gratification,
never yield to his demands.
him to impound your licence, do not attempt to bribe
him even if coerced.
down his buckle number/name which will be written
on a plate on his shirt. If he does not have one,
you may demand his identity card. If he fails to provide
you an identity card, refuse to give him your documents.
receipts, temporary licences will have the name/buckle
number of the officer.
can approach the traffic police with a specific complaint
indicating all the particulars about the incident,
this MUST include details about the concerned police
officer. It is desirable to send this complaint by
a person after having committed an offence (under the
Motor Vehicles Act.) refuses to give his name he can be
arrested by a police officer.
carrying valid licence while driving /. driving without
a vehicle to be driven by someone who does not have
without insurance / permit / fitness
/ reckless driving
under the influence of alcohol.
/ dangerous lane-cutting.
against a One-way.
at a pedestrian crossing / crossing a stop line.
use of headlights.
a private vehicle for commercial purposes.
a goods vehicle.
goods in a dangerous manner.
Drivers refusing to ply / charging extra / not wearing