Challaned? Avoid paying a traffic violation penalty; here is how
If you feel the traffic police has wrongly challaned you or the penalty slapped against you is too high, you need not to worry about that.
After the implementation of the new Motor Vehicle Act 2019, a huge rise in the number of traffic violation challans are getting reported these days. The amounts are huge - Rs 20,000, Rs 30,000 even Rs 100,000! Notably, the rise in penalties for violations has made people cautious about obeying traffic rules. But, if you are challaned and feel the traffic police has wrongly penalised you or the penalty slapped against you is too high, you need not worry about that.
First and foremost thing that one must remember is that penalty slapped against the offender need not be paid on the spot. He or she can pay the penalty in court also. People feel scared to go to court to pay the penalty. They think, if they go to the court, they will have to pay the penalty at any cost, which is not true. When you go to the court, you will get a register of the traffic police. In this register, you will get two options, either you accept your violation or you decline to accept the charges slapped in the challan.
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If you accept your mistake, then you will have to pay the penalty but if you don't accept the charges, then the traffic police will have to prove the charges they have filed against you. If they fail to do that, then you are free from all charges. It has to be noted that even if the charges are proved, you can plead to the court for decreasing the penalty and the court can approve your plea as well. Under section 208 of the new Motor Vehicle Act, if you are unable to be present physically, you can fight through your advocate or solicitor as well.