New Delhi: A man set his motorbike on fire as Delhi traffic police issued a challan to him for violating traffic rules in Sheikh Sarai area on Thursday. Police said that the rider was in an inebriated condition.

If reports are to be believed,  the man told traffic cops that he is taking out papers from his bike but suddenly he set his vehicle on fire. The fire department was called immediately, which reached the spot and douse the flame.

Notably higher penalties for traffic violations came into effect from September 1 after the implementation of provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. Earlier on Sunday,  the police issued as many as 3,900 challans till the evening soon after Motor Vehicle Act came into force.

A total of 63 clauses of the Act, with higher penalties for traffic violation, drunken driving, over speeding and overloading were brought into effect starting September 1.As per the new guidelines, the penalty for driving without a license has been hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, while for driving without qualification, the fine has been raised from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.

Driving without a copy of insurance will invite a fine of Rs 2,000. In the case of drunk driving, one can be jailed up to six months with a fine of Rs 10,000. For a repeat offender, the fine will be Rs 15,000 with two years of jail term.