Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has increased the penalty amounts for flouting traffic rules in the state. The new charges will be enforced from today (Friday). The government has hiked it by almost ten times in some cases such as the use of cellphones while driving or riding a vehicle.

The steepest hike in charges is for using cellphones while driving or riding a vehicle, reports said. The penalty amount for using a cellphone while driving was Rs 100 earlier. With the revised charges, a driver caught by the police for the issue will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000. 

The penalty incurred by parking vehicles in non-designated areas, driving a vehicle above the speed limit and driving an uninsured vehicle will also be Rs 1,000.

The penalties have been revised for other traffic rule violations as well. Driving a vehicle in public without registration will attract a fine of Rs 5,000 for the first offence and Rs 10,000 for the second offence. Driving a transport vehicle without fitness certificate will attract a fine of Rs 2,000 for the first offence and Rs 5,000 for the second offence.

The government notification was tweeted by the deputy commissioner of police, traffic east, Bengaluru and it attracted several reactions from the public. 

While a few people went ahead to speak about how police allow offenders to bargain the amount they charge them, others complained about the condition of the roads. They asked how the government could increase the penalty charges without fixing the roads. But there were also people who welcomed the hike in fines stating that it is a good initiative.

The notification shared by the government has been signed by M Sathyavathi, under secretary to government of transport department and it says that the prices have been revised under the purview of Motor Vehicles Act (1988).