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Giving lift to unknown people in India is crime?


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Source : Nitin Nair

 

Guys this happened to me.

Please read and be aware.

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My intention of this post is not to criticize or sham our system, law, judiciary, or police.

I'm writing this just to make car owners aware of such law.

 

I'm sure most of them like me are unaware of this law

 

Today I was fined by our country's court of law just because I helped some people who were in need.

 

On Monday Morning (18th June 2018) when I was on my way to office.

 

I saw few office goers near Airoli Circle desperately looking for a lift as it was raining heavily and all public transport was either crowded or late..One of them was an elderly (at least 60+) person and other two guys were working for a reputed IT company (I could make out from their Office ID card).

 

I stopped by the side of the road. They said that they wanted to go to Gandhi Nagar. I asked them to get in, as Gandhi Nagar was on my way to the office.

 

The moment they got in and I started the car, One traffic Police officer in a towing vehicle waylaid me and asked me to show him my license. At first, I thought that probably I stopped in a no parking area.

 

The police officer then started to write a receipt and asked me to hand over my license to him. I asked him for the reason.. to which he said "It is illegal to give a lift to unknown people"

 

I thought that he must be just making it up and wants to make some money from me. But he was serious.. He took my license and gave me the receipt. He asked me to go to the police station next day, pay the fine, and get the license back.

To which I agreed.

 

Next day (Tuesday) I went to the police station to get my license. There I was informed that I need to go to court to get the license back as the section under which they are charging me is 66/192. Under this section, I have to go to court, accept that I did a mistake in front of a judge, pay the fine in court and get my license back.

 

I consulted one of my lawyer friends to ensure that the police guys are not taking me for a ride... But the lawyer confirmed that Indeed we have a law that makes it illegal to give a lift to an unknown person in a private vehicle.. (What a draconian law !!!)

 

Today (Friday 22nd June 2018), I was called to the court at 10 AM by the Police guy.. I went there at 9.30 AM and they made me sit in the court corridor till 1 PM (looking at handcuffed criminals and dance bar girls being escorted in the court) At 1 PM I was called inside the court room.. I had to stand there as if I was some criminal in front of the judge, with the courtroom filled with lawyers and other people discussing their respective cases (Yes!! It was very filmy). The judge called out my name and I have to accept my mistake and come out of the courtroom. Felt pathetic .. :(

 

I was fined Rs. 2000 for giving a lift to unknown people and using my car as a passenger car. Bullshit!!!!

 

I made the police guy talk to one of my police friend in the morning.. So as a courtesy he spoke to the Judge's PA and reduced my fine to Rs. 1500.. (A discount of Rs. 500..Ohh what a courtesy!!)?

 

After this, I had to again go back to the police station to collect my license.. I reached there by 2.. got to know that 1 to 3 is their lunch time.. So I have to go there again after 3 PM.. Finally I got my license back today at 5 PM.

 

If such is the law of our country then no one will help a person even if he is dying on the road...

 

I'm not writing to debate what is right or wrong but to make you guys aware that "Our country doesn't want us to help our fellow countrymen"

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Something is not right and I am not sure if this particular law is legitimate ... personally I feel this is one crazy law... there are other good laws which we fail to follow in our country ... helmet,seatbelt , triple loading , lanes , speed limit ... etc etc there are many ...

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I wouldn’t recommend giving lifts on the highways but with in the city limits I think it’s okay *period* depending on the situation. 

Agreed ... giving lift after a cut off time let’s say 10 pm or on a highway is not recommended ... but what if the guy who is asking for lift is in genuine need of help ? [emoji848]
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If this is true, App's like SRide are illegal?

 

Few years back I read an article asking to help road victims.

 

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Reporting a road accident to police or taking a victim to hospital will no longer be a harrowing experience for good samaritans.

 

A Central government notification that provides protection to witnesses in accident cases will soon become the law of the land with the Supreme Court on Friday saying it will incorporate the guidelines in a judicial order so that all states are bound by it.

The move is expected to save the lives of hundreds of road accident victims in the country as people often avoid helping them fearing harassment later by police and other law enforcing agencies.

 

On May 12, 2015 the ministry of road transport and highways issued a notification after the SC asked it to come out with suitable guidelines to prevent harassment of good samaritans.

 

The order came on a PIL filed by an NGO, Savelife Foundation, which said more than 4 lakh road accidents took place in 2014. The number of deaths also increased from 1.37 lakh in 2013 to 1.39 lakh in 2014.

Once implemented, a bystander including an eyewitness to a road mishap shall be allowed to leave immediately after taking the injured to the nearest hospital without furnishing his address. The police cannot compel people to reveal their identity even if he is the informer or complainant in the case.

 

The person can give his or her name voluntarily.

Besides, no police official shall ask him any questions and he would be later given a choice to record his statement before the court through video conferencing. Departmental or disciplinary action shall be initiated against the officer who coerces or intimidates the informer. If the witness volunteers to go before the court to depose in the case, the trial judge shall complete his examination in one sitting.

 

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These rules are very contradicting. 

I don't understand where we are heading. 

 

I feel very sorry for the person who faced this harassment. 

Never knew that helping someone on road will be crime!

 

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1 hour ago, driveking said:

These rules are very contradicting. 

I don't understand where we are heading. 

 

I feel very sorry for the person who faced this harassment. 

Never knew that helping someone on road will be crime!

True.. it is so contradicting.. End of the day listen to the heart and do what is best and try not to give lift with cops around ;)

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It used to be common practice (in NCR..) to use private vehicle to ferry people (specially office going crowd). some ppl take advantage of poor transport system of city.there were very few buses, and that too overcrowded. Auto ppl will charge way too much... it happens mostly during office hour rush and bad weather.  Such unofficial cabs are very dangerous...

 

Your intentions were good.. but unfortunately, caught on wrong foot..  
Lucky you that you are not robbed.. or threatened for fake molestation case...( in case the lift taker was ... female) ;)

 


Be safe than Sorry !!!

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Such unofficial cabs are very dangerous

 

I agree on it.

Picking up people from bus stops/crowded places doesn't make sense.

 

But when you are highway or an isolated place.

If someone needs help, I would be personally ready to help.

Giving them lift or any other way. 

 

Last year when we are on the on the way NagarjunaSagar.

A swift was stopped on the road side.

They flagged me stop, I stopped and found out that their tire is flat.

They asked me, If I can lend my spare tire, since there is no air their spare tire.

 

Initially, I was bit reluctant but later..I gave them the spare tire.

I followed him to the nearest tire shop.

They got the patch work done and gave my tire back.

 

Entire family thanked me multiple times.

Usually, I'm little paranoid to help people on road.

Even though I lost an hour+ time, his experience made me feel good.  

 

 

 

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Entire family thanked me multiple times.

Usually, I'm little paranoid to help people on road.

Even though I lost an hour+ time, his experience made me feel good.  

Feels good inside when we help people does it not ? But when you are taken advantage of that is when you loose the belief in humanity ... can go both ways ... just need to be careful and watchful that is it ..

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, driveking said:

 

I agree on it.

Picking up people from bus stops/crowded places doesn't make sense.

 

But when you are highway or an isolated place.

If someone needs help, I would be personally ready to help.

Giving them lift or any other way. 

 

Last year when we are on the on the way NagarjunaSagar.

A swift was stopped on the road side.

They flagged me stop, I stopped and found out that their tire is flat.

They asked me, If I can lend my spare tire, since there is no air their spare tire.

 

Initially, I was bit reluctant but later..I gave them the spare tire.

I followed him to the nearest tire shop.

They got the patch work done and gave my tire back.

 

Entire family thanked me multiple times.

Usually, I'm little paranoid to help people on road.

Even though I lost an hour+ time, his experience made me feel good.  

 

 

Thats a great gesture buddy. Appreciate it!

We, today are smart enough to sense the situation of when to lend help and when not to..

For example, you had helped a crew of family whose car broke down in the middle of the forest.. what if it was a stranger walking alone in the same forest asks for a lift. I personally wouldn’t suggest to become light at heart and lend help since it’s an imaginary situation.

So, it all about the circumstances *period* ?

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