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Old 4th December 2009, 12:07   #1
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Yesterday I was booked ( rightly so) by the Mumbai Traffic Police while I was using my mobile ( was finishing my call when the traffic police saw me and asked me to park by the side) on JVLR, Mumbai.

I gave up my driving licence on demand and received a Form L, which says that I should report to the Andheri Court on a specific date.I have never believed in 'paying off' a government servant and on this occasion waited patiently till he examined my licence, noted down my car's registration no. and also my mobile no., before handing me the challan ( Form 'L' TEM).

As per this Form 'L' TEM, I have been booked for the offence of 250 (A) 177 MVA. On enquiry the policeman told me that nowadays all drivers booked for using their mobiles while driving are to go to the court and retrieve their licences.

I felt so bad about violating the law that I didn't ask for further details.

Can anyone here help by informing me about the process from here onwards?

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Old 4th December 2009, 12:27   #2
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Go to the court, pay fine, Fill/sign some forms (if any), take your license.

And like any irresponsible driver, you are again free to use your mobile while driving
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You are correct.
It is a different matter that I won't use the mobile again whilst driving, but others will. Its simply a matter of the police catching someone and not the others; also that I do not pay them off.

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Simple it is. Just goto the court pay the amount take the receipt and sit in the car and use the phone once again. This is what will happen. 95% of the tmie you will feel that you will never use the phone while driving(after paying the billl and upto sitting inside the car), but after sometime I am sure that you will pick up the call once agani while driving. It is not only you. It is human tendency to do it. So No one is GOD over here. So don't worry nothing has happened. Just pay the bill and try not to REPEAT. I am repeating once again try not to REPEAT this. All the best at the court
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....I have never believed in 'paying off' a government servant....
Intuition says your will be forced somewhere in this chain of events. Thats how things work. I pray the system @ ur place proves me wrong...

Anyways - just be ready to waste a full day in the court area.
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The judge will ask you, whether the offence charged(talking mobile in the car) on you is correct and you agree or not. You say YES and he will order you to pay the fine-all over. But the problem can be, when your name will be called ? you will have to wait till then - probably one day will be wasted and you will be just wasting your time in the court. This punishment(mental as well as physical) is more than the fine you are going to pay !
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Agree to your fault in the court and pay your fine and you are good to go. Am sure you will not commit the mistake once again. No need to worry too much about the court visit.
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how much is the fine in such cases ? and is there higher penalty for repeat crime ? How can police track if the person has offended it second time ?
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Anyone with an idea of the fine? Its under 250 (A) 177 MVA.
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Am not sure of mumbai, but attached is the list for bangalore courtesy Bangalore City Traffic Police. Seems like its 100Rs for this offence out here.
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Anyone with an idea of the fine? Its under 250 (A) 177 MVA.
This is what.
Pune Police - Traffic Branch
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Following website mentions the fine for various offences:

Pune Police - Traffic Branch

Check out FAQ for Mobile phone use at following site:

Mumbai Traffic Police
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Why dont you use a hands-free when driving ?
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I felt so bad about violating the law that I didn't ask for further details.
For any gentleman, stepping up court's ladder for trial of traffic rule violation is itself punishment.
Once, i had faced trial for triple seat ride on scooter and i could not sleep for a week due to shame. After that, i obey traffic rules as far as possible.
Regarding mobile while driving, i simply switch off or put it on silent mode.

@ Issigonis,
face the trial, pay fine and in future, try to obey traffic rules as far as possible.
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Why dont you use a hands-free when driving ?
Handsfree is much more safer
But even hands free is not allowed legally.
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