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 points nonetheless.
1. Short Title And Commencement
(a) These regulations may be called the Rules Of The Roads Regulations,
(b) They shall come into force from July 1, 1989.
2. 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.
3. 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
-- when turning to the right draw as near as near as may be to the centre
of the road which the driver is entering.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. Overtaking Prohibited In Certain Cases
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not pass a vehicle travelling in the
same direction as himself:
(a) if his passing is likely to pass inconvenience or danger to other
traffic proceding in any direction;
(b) 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;
(c) if he knows that the driver who is following him has not signalled that
he may be overtaken.
7. 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 him.
8. Caution At Road Guide
The driver of a motor vehicle shall slow down when approaching a road
intersection, a road guide, pedestrian crossing or a road corner, and shall
not enter any such intersection, guide or crossing until he has become aware
that he may do so without endangering the safety of persons thereon.
9. Giving Way To Traffic At Road Guide
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 right hand.
10. 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.