Fine for using mobile while driving
Using mobile phones while driving is a punishable offence. According to Motor Vehicles Act, if someone is caught while speaking on the phone while driving, then the penalty for the same is Rs 5000. This was Rs 1000 earlier, it was increased by five times in the year 2020. These rules were implemented as a part of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act. This was done primarily with the aim to discourage drivers from using mobile phones while driving.
According to the road transport and highways ministry, mobile phones can be used while driving solely for route navigation and nothing else. This too without disturbing the ‘concentration of the driver while driving.’
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The total number of accidents and deaths due to potholes in the year 2021 stood at 3,625 and 1,481 respectively, according to the report. The ministry report further added that road accidents are multi-causal which requires multi-pronged measures to mitigate the problems through concerted efforts of all agencies. These comprise both central and state governments.