Road Regulations in India
The Rules Of The Road Regulations
was brought into effect from July 1, 1989. It serves as a basic
guide for the Indian driver, showcasing the rules which he has to
follow, while on the roads. It deals with basic facts such as overtaking,
traffic signals, towing, speed limits, the necessary documents to
be carried while driving and other such neglected, but imperative
These regulations may be called the Rules Of The Roads Regulations, 1989.
They shall come into force from July 1, 1989.
- Keep Left
The driver of a motor vehicle shall drive the
vehicle as close to the left side of the road as may be expedient
and shall allow all traffic which is proceeding in the opposite
direction to pass on his left hand side.
- Turning to Left And Right
The driver of a motor vehicle shall:
- When turning to the left, drive as close
as maybe to theleft hand side of the road from which he is
making the turn and of the road which he is entering.
- When turning to the right draw as near
as near as may be to the centre of the road which the driver
- Passing To The Right
Except as provided in regulation 5, the driver
of a motor vehicle shall pass to the right of all traffic proceeding
in the same direction as himself.
- Passing To The Left
The driver of a motor vehicle may pass to the
left of a vehicle, the driver of which having indicated an intention
to turn to the right has drawn to the centre of the road and may
pass on either side, a tram car or other vehicle running on fixed
rails whether travelling in the same direction as himself or otherwise
provided that in no case shall he pass a tram car at a time or
in a manner likely to cause danger or inconvenience to other users
of the road including persons leaving or about to enter tram cars.
- Overtaking Prohibited In Certain Cases
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not pass
a vehicle travelling in the same direction as himself:
- If his passing is likely to pass inconvenience
or danger to other traffic proceding in any direction
- If he is near a point, a bend or corner
or a hill or other obstructionof any kind that renders the
road ahead not clearly visible
- If he knows that the driver who is following
him has not signalled that he may be overtaken.
- Overtaking Not To Be Obstructed
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not, when
being overtaken or being passed by another vehicle, increse speed
or do anything in any way to prevent the other vehicle from passing
- Caution At Road Junction
The driver of a motor vehicle shall slow down
when approaching a road intersection, a road junction, pedestrian
crossing or a road corner, and shall not enter any such intersection,
junction or crossing until he has become aware that he may do
so without endangering the safety of persons thereon.
- Giving Way To Traffic At Road Junction
The driver of a motor vehicle shall, on entering
a road interjection at which traffic is not being regulated, if
the road entered is a main road designated as such, give way to
the vehicles proceeding along the road, and in any other case
give way to all traffic approaching to the intersection on his
- Fire Service Vehicles And Ambulances To
Be Given Free Passage
Each driver shall on the approach of a fire
service vehicle or an ambulance allow it free passage by drawing
it to the side of the road.
- Right Of Way
Pedestrians have the right of way at uncontrolled
pedestrian crossings. When any road is provided with a footpath
or cycletrack especially for other traffic, except with permission
of a police officer in uniform, a driver shall not drive on such
footpath or track.