As a part of the increasingly-serious drive by the Ministry of Interior to improve road safety, Traffic Law No 19 of 2007 introduced a demerit point system which will help to ensure safe driving and to reduce traffic-related accidents, deaths and many casualties every year. The point system is designed to be a tool to enhance safe driving by curbing reckless driving and reducing accidents. In addition, drivers convicted of certain driving-related offences will have what are termed black points recorded on their records.

There are many offences listed on the Ministry’s website ranging from paperwork and registration (or lack of!) offences, pure driving offences, wrongful parking or obstruction-type offences, and many also dealing with commercial vehicles.

Below is a table outlining the points system for driving offences and highlighting some of the offences likely to concern Marhaba readers.

Some of the fines are draconian, like running a red traffic light. However, in some cases, if you pay within a month you may get a 50% discount. Still, the points system means that, depending on the number of points accrued, your licence can be suspended or revoked.

And in this case, a new driving licence shall be issued only after passing a new driving test – after three months of suspension as a minimum period. In addition to the financial loss, this is clearly a massive inconvenience so the only sensible advice is to follow the rules!

Below is a table outlining the point system for driving offences:

Type of Violation

Points

Running an automatic or manually
activated red light

7

Driving in the wrong (opposite) direction

6

Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs or
any other mental stimulant

6

Exceeding the maximum speed limit 4

4

Driving recklessly or dangerously or in
a way that harms life and public property

4

Driving a vehicle without brakes or with
faulty brakes or one faulty brake or with an unusable brake

4

Driving with an inappropriate licence

3

Driving with a suspended or invalid licence

3

Violating customs and norms of public morality inside the vehicle or allowing somebody to do so

3

Driving a non registered vehicle

2

Driving a vehicle without number plates

3

Driving a vehicle with a number plate issued,
but changes have been made in numbers, or
with a number plate which is not issued from
the authority on which the original or fake numbers have been printed

3

Using a vehicle not for its intended purpose

3

Driving a vehicle which emits excessive noise

3

Providing wrong information intentionally to
pass the technical inspection or to earn a
licence or a temporary licence, or getting a replacement for a lost licence

3

Blocking or deactivating the flow of traffic on public roads intentionally

3

Driving a vehicle emitting dense fumes or excessive exhaust

3

Driving on the pavement

3

Driving a vehicle which can drop loads that
could endanger public safety

3

Making a turn or U-turn against the traffic flow

3

Giving a vehicle to someone who does not have
a licence, or having another categorised licence
or any other permit issued by the concerned authority

2

Driving a vehicle that leaks inflammable
materials or harms public health, the
environment or damages the road

3

Changing a vital part of the vehicle without written permission from the concerned authority

1

Driving a vehicle with one number plate, or changing the plate’s place, colour or shape,
as issued by the concerned authority

1

Driving a vehicle with unclear or unreadable number plates

2

Refraining from giving the driving licence or registration card or any related document issued
by the traf fic depar tment to traf fic police

1

Trucks violating the vehicle’s weight and dimensions’ standards in width, height
and weight

1

Disobeying traffic signs or ground lines

1

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  1. Ahmed

    how much legal fine for settlement of negative point

    1. Dal bahadur karki

      How much legal fine for settlement negative point