Soon, your bad traffic record may cost you big in the manner of the higher car insurance premium. The transport department is planning to penalize recent traffic offenders and incentivize those who have not been involved in any road mishap or booked by traffic police in the last five years.
As per a ToI report, the transport department is planning to recommend lower car premium to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to incentive the good road manners. However, it also plans to recommend a higher premium for recent traffic offenders.
Further, the department is also planning to keep a tab on your car insurance coverage to find out whether you are renewing your policy on time or not. It is planning to computerize the vehicle database utilising Vahan software to link it with IRDA database. The computer-linked data will assist the department to find out car buyers who don’t have insurance coverage. As per the report, the department may impound the vehicle if found that the vehicle is not insured and will release the car only after insurance is bought.
Same rules are quite prevalent in the US where insurance premium becomes costly about 30-40 percent if the driver is a frequent traffic offender.
Road accident numbers are quite high in India. India records the biggest number of road accidents in the world at 5 lakh road accidents a year, out of which about 1.5 lakh people die.