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Angry over drunk driving fine, Delhi man sets fire to bike

September 7, 2019

A man in Delhi got so angry after he was fined ₹ 16,000 by the traffic police for driving drunk, not carrying any registration documents and not wearing a helmet, that he set his two-wheeler on fire. This incident took place in south Delhi.

Police authorities received a complaint that a motorcycle had been set on fire.

When a police team reached the spot, it was found that a team of Delhi traffic police was carrying out a checking against drunk driving. The traffic police staff told us that they had hailed one motorcycle rider who was driving without helmet. He was identified as Rakesh, a resident of Sarvodaya Enclave, who works at a restaurant in Hauz Khas. He was also drunk. - Parvinder Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South)

Traffic police officials asked the man to show the documents of the vehicle. "They said he could not produce a valid registration document of the bike. Since he was also drunk and was not wearing a helmet, the policemen issued a fine accordingly," said Singh.

As per the new Motor Vehicles Law law, Rakesh was slapped with a fine of ₹ 16,000- ₹ 10,000 for drunk driving, ₹ 5,000 for driving without registration documents and ₹ 1,000 for riding a two-wheeler without helmet.

When the police started seizing his vehicle, the man got furious. "Initially, he resisted and then kicked his motorcycle. As the vehicle fell on the road, he pulled its fuel pipe, spilling the petrol. Before the policemen could control him, he took out a matchbox and set the bike on fire", said a police official. He was overpowered and taken to the police station and a case was filed.

The amended Motor Vehicles Act was implemented across India on 1 September. Delhi is still waiting for a notification from the Delhi government which will clarify the details of the fines that can be collected.

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