It Is Illegal To Give Lift To Strangers In India
32-year-old Nitin Nair, who had given a lift to three strangers including a senior citizen who was stuck in the rains, ended up paying a fine of Rs 1,500 and running from pillar to post for days to get his driving licence back.
The incident took place on June 18 when Nitin Nair was on his way to his office in Andheri from Airoli. It was raining heavily that day, and so when two gentlemen, who were wearing ID cards of IT companies, asked for a lift to Gandhinagar, he offered them a lift.
“After picking them up, a 60-year old gentleman asked me for a lift and I obliged.” No sooner had he picked up the three men that a towing vehicle and a traffic cop appeared and started taking pictures of his car. “The cop told me that it was illegal to offer a lift to unknown people,” he said.
Even after his licence was confiscated and he was given a challan, his co-passengers were not asked to take some other mode of transport. Nair, in fact, dropped them to their destination after the incident with the traffic cop.
Section 66(1) read with 192(a) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 says that no owner of a motor vehicle shall use a vehicle as a transport vehicle whether or not such vehicle is actually carrying any passengers or goods save in accordance with conditions of a permit granted by a Regional or State Transport Authority.
“There are two reasons this law was made. For the safety of the owner of the car and because people misuse it as a commercial vehicle without a T-permit. If it is for the safety of the owner, then why didn’t the traffic police bother to interrogate the passengers,” wonders Nair.
Nair was also taken aback by how tedious the entire process of getting one’s licence back is. When he went to the Police Station the next day, he was asked to go to CBD Belapur court to collect his licence.
“I had to take a day’s leave from work to go to court on Friday. From 9.30 am to 1 pm, I was in court and produced before the judge as if I was a criminal. The judge asked my name and I paid the fine. The judge exempted Rs 500 from the fine amount and I had to pay Rs 1,500. I was then asked to go back to the Police Station to collect my licence,” said Nair.