There are many misconceptions regarding the power of traffic cops. You do not need to worry if you are stopped by traffic police, but there are some rights that as a commuter you must know. There are times when people are being pulled over by a police for no appropriate reason. In that case, it is pertinent to know what your rights are.
We have compiled a list of important traffic rules which you must follow when you witness any wrong doing by a traffic cop around you. Let’s have a look at them below.
1. Without a valid receipt, traffic cop cannot take away your driving license. It can be seized only if you have jumped the red light, overloading, drunken driving and using your phone while driving.
2. Cops cannot pull your vehicle as long as you are sitting in it. They can tow your four wheeler only if there is no one in the car.
3. If you are woman or accompanied by a female and you are being stopped after 6 pm, you have the right to ask the cop to bring a female cop. Remember that a male cop cannot physically search you (Females).
4. The Cop cannot confiscate your keys. If cops try to do so, tell them that you will file an FIR against them for stealing your property. They cannot even open your door and force you to exit your vehicle.
5. There is a common question that how much money can be fine by traffic cops. Well only ASI and SI can fine more than 100 rupees, Head constable can fine only upto 100 rupees only. A constable can’t fine you for any offence.
6. If you’ve violated any law and are arrested then you must be directly taken to a police station. If you are detained, then you must be brought before a court within 24 hours of your detention.
7. It is important for policemen to be in uniform with their name and buckle number clearly shown. You can politely ask him his name, ID card and batch number. Provide your papers only after making sure the person in front of you is actually a policeman.
8. A cop cannot penalize you without a challan book or e-challan machine.
Always drive responsibly and Stay out of trouble.
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Disclaimer: Do not solely rely on information provided here without seeking experienced legal advice. If in doubt, always consult a lawyer.