Using mobile phones while driving

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

You cannot use a mobile phone while driving any motor vehicle, as it can pose a danger to the driver and the public. It can also be considered as dangerous driving, for which, you will be punished with:

  • First Time (First Offence): Jail time between 6 months to 1 year or a fine between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 5,000, or both1. The applicable fine amount might vary across states.
  • Subsequent Offence: If you commit this offence within three years of committing your first offence, you will be punished with jail time of up to 2 years or a fine of Rs. 10,000, or both1. The applicable fine amount might vary across states. 

Given below are the fine amounts for two states:

State Frequency of Offence Fine Amount (In INR)
Delhi First Offence 1,000 – 5,000


Any Subsequent Offence 10,000
Karnataka First Offence Two/Three-Wheeler – 1,500 

Light Motor Vehicle – 3,000 

Others – 5,000


Any Subsequent Offence 10,000
  1. Section 184, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. []

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