In an effort to curb traffic jams in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, along with the Mumbai Traffic Police, have introduced a rather expensive structure of fines.
Mumbai is rather infamous for its traffic problems and the government has come up with a rather expensive solution to curb the problem. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, along with the Mumbai Traffic Police, have introduced a new structure of fines for illegal parking within the city limits. And the new fines can get pretty heavy, ranging from Rs. 5000 to as much as Rs. 23,250.
These new fines are applicable within a 500m radius for the 26 Public Parking Lots and 20 BEST bus depots designated by the civic body. Also, if the fined vehicles are not claimed within 30 days, then would be put up for auction.
The new fine structure includes all types of vehicles including two-wheelers and three-wheelers. Two-wheeler owners can be fined from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 8,300 whereas the fine for three-wheelers range from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,200. The fine for LMVs is between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,100.
As for bigger vehicles, like medium sized cars or most regular family cars, the fines range between Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 17,600. The fines are most severe for heavy vehicles with owners having to shell out as much as Rs, 15,000 to Rs 23,250. These charges include the penalty, towing charges and the late payment fees.
This new rule was made effective from July 7, 2019. The fines sure may seem a little too exorbitant but it might actually be effective in the purpose they intend to serve. Most of Mumbai’s traffic problems are caused by haphazardly parked vehicles along the sides of the roads. With such traffic fines, people will be mindful about not parking their vehicles at irregular places and menace of traffic jams could be curbed, at least some bit.