India has various laws regarding safe driving but still our traffic is as chaotic as it gets. People don’t follow the rules laid down and are not afraid of its consequences as well. How would such behaviour be tolerated in other countries? Let’s take a look at the different penalties imposed on people who violate traffic norms.


Not wearing a seatbelt



A fine of upto $120 (Rs.5579) and 3 demerits points which contribute to the driving record of the person.

Since 1993, seatbelts for rear passengers was also made compulsory.


United Kingdom

A fine of 100 pounds (Rs.10000) is imposed - however, in some cases, 500 pounds (Rs.50000) can also be imposed.


South Africa

Fine for not wearing a seatbelt is upto 250 rand (Rs.1250) and misusing of points from their driving record.



Fine of Rs.100

If the new Road Transport and Safety bill is approved, the fine will be Rs.2500


Not wearing a helmet



A fine of 135 euros (Rs.9331) and loss of 3 penalty points



Fine of $100 (Rs.4695) if the bike rider or pillion rider is not wearing helmets, and $80 (Rs.3756) if helmet is not securely fastened.



Fine of $70 (Rs.4443) for not wearing an helmet and a fine of $30 (Rs.1904) for an unfastened helmet.



Fine of Rs.100 for first time offenders and Rs.300 for repeat offenders.


Driving on the wrong side


United States

Differs from state to state but is anywhere from $100 (Rs.6350) to $250 (Rs. 7620)



The fine is about 53,20 BRL (Rs.1065)



Fine of Rs. 100 for first offence and Rs.300 for repeat offenders.

It’s apparent that India’s punishments for breaking traffic rules is not as strict as compared to other countries. The Road Transport and Safety Bill which is yet to be passed will be making some harsher changes and we can only hope that it will help instil civic sense in us!


You can read about the Road Transport and Safety Bill here.



Driving in Singapore



Driving in France


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