Parking Rules and No Parking Fines In India

by Kshitij Rawat | 26/11/2019
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Learn all about the parking rules in India, fines for illegal parking, the penalty for abandoning your vehicle, and no parking fine and challans in India.

Ever since the Motor Vehicles [Amendment] act has come to effect, there has been a steady rise in the number of fines and challans issued by the police. This has led to a lot of scenarios where the public has been shocked and surprised by the amount they have to pay. Not only that, but some people don’t even realise they are breaking any laws until it’s too late, which is a whole different set of problems. One of the biggest problems in metropolitan cities is parking. Be it car parking or motorcycle parking, there never seems to be enough for everyone. Sadly, this causes a lot of people to park their vehicles improperly, or even illegally.

No Parking fines in India

No Parking Fines in India have increased 5 to 10 times in value in 2019

Also Read: Car Parking Charges at Major Airports in India

To help you better understand the parking rules and avoid parking fines, we have compiled a list of all the rules pertaining to parking that you should follow:

Parking Rules in India

There are plenty of parking rules that people aren’t aware of in India. Below we have compiled a list of all the parking rules you have to follow, as stated in the Motor Vehicles [Amendment] Act.

  1. You cannot abandon or park your vehicle or trailer at any public place in a position that causes obstruction or inconvenience, or poses danger to other people.

  2. If there are any road signs or markings indicating the manner of parking, your vehicle should be parked accordingly.

  3. You are not allowed to park your vehicle:

  • In a no parking zone, or wherever parking is prohibited

  • On a footpath or too far away from a footpath

  • On private property without the consent of the owner

  • On the main road or any road with high-speed traffic

  • On the opposite side of the road to any other parked vehicle or alongside one, so as to not obstruct the flow of traffic

  • On the wrong side of the road

  • On roads with a white unbroken line in the centre

  • In front of a gate or blocking the entrance to any premises

  • Near a bus stop, school, hospital entrance

  • Near any road sign if your vehicle obstructs the view of the sign

  • Near a road crossing, a bend, at the top of a hill, or near and on a bridge.

  • Near a traffic signal or a pedestrian crossing

Also Read: Car Parkings At, Around, And Near Chandni Chowk

Removal of abandoned vehicles or illegally vehicles in a public place

Any vehicle is liable to be towed, removed, or disabled if:

  1. it’s parked in an area where parking is prohibited

  2. A motor vehicle is left unattended in a public place for 10 hours or more

  3. If an abandoned, unattended, wrecked, totalled, burnt, or partially dismantled vehicle is causing an obstruction or poses any danger to regular traffic

A vehicle can only be authorised to be towed away by a police officer with jurisdiction. The owner of the vehicle will have to bear any charges incurred for the same, apart from the “no parking fine” or any other parking challan issued to you.

Also Read: Car Parking In and Near Tirumala

Parking fines in India

If you park your vehicle in any manner stated above, you’ll also have to pay a parking fine or challan. Parking fines vary for every city in India, with the heaviest fines being implemented in crowded metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi NCR (mainly New Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida).

Police issuing challan: No Parking fines in India

A police officer with jurisdiction can choose to either issue a challan or tow your vehicle away

Also Read: Parking at Metro Stations in Delhi: Rates, Fines, and Availability

No Parking fines in Delhi start from Rs. 500 for illegal and obstructive parking. If your car gets towed, you’ll have to pay towing charges as well, ranging between Rs. 200 – Rs. 2,000, depending on your vehicle. In Bangalore, parking in a no parking zone would attract a fine starting from Rs. 1,000. In Mumbai, BMC has declared fines for parking related offences of Rs. 5,000 – Rs. 8,300 for two-wheelers. The challans go up to Rs. 11,000 – Rs. 17,600 for medium vehicles, Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,100 for light motor vehicles, and between Rs. 8,000 – Rs. 12,200 for all three-wheelers. Other than that, you’ll also have to pay extra charges on late payment. So, this was our post on the Parking Rules and No Parking Fines In India. We hope it turned to eb useful for you.


FAQS about Parking Rules in India

  1. What is the fine for no parking in Bangalore?
    The fine of parking in the "no-parking" area in Bangalore starts from Rs 1,000

  2. Can Challan be Cancelled?
    The Challan can only be cancelled once all the required documents are submitted to the authorities. Accordingly, the fine is returned and an amount of Rs.100 is the only fee paid for the process.

  3. How can I check my traffic fines in India?
    Here are the procedure of checking your traffic fines
    - Step 1: Go to https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/index/accused-challan
    - Step 2: Type down the challan number/ vehicle number/ DL number, and enter the code for capcha
    - Step 3: Click ‘Get Details’

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