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Karnataka Traffic Control Act, 1960 Chapter 1 - Bare Act

StateKarnataka Government
Section TitlePreliminary
Act Info:

(1) This Act may be called the 1 [Karnataka] Traffic Control Act, 1960.

(2) It applies to the whole of the 1 [State of Karnataka].

(3) (i) It shall come into force on such 2 [date] as the State Government may, by notification, appoint.

(ii) If in any area, the 1 [Karnataka] Public Conveyances Act, 1959, is in force, the provisions of Chapter IV of this Act and the rules made thereunder, corresponding to the provisions of the 1 [Karnataka] Public Conveyances Act, 1959, and the rules made thereunder, shall not apply to such area, and save as aforesaid the provisions of this Act shall have effect in such area.


1. Adapted by the Karnataka adoptation of laws order 1973 w.e.f. 01.11.1973.

2. Act came into force on 15.8.1979 vide notification No. HD 53 TMR 76 dated 2.8.1979.

Section 2 - Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,

(a) animal means any elephant, camel, horse, ass, mule, cattle, sheep or goat;

(b) driver means in the case of a vehicle, the person in charge or control of the vehicle for the time being, and in the case of an animal, any person driving, leading, riding or otherwise managing or controlling the animal, and the words drive, driving and driven shall be construed accordingly;

(c) highway means any public thoroughfare whether a road, street, lane, bridlepath or a foot track, whether surfaced or unsurfaced, or whether on land owned by Government or a local authority or on land belonging to a private person over which the public have or have acquired, a right of way by usage, and includes,

(i) the slope, berm, barrow pits, foot-paths, pavements and side drains of any such thoroughfare;

(ii) all bridges, culverts, causeways, carriageways or other road structures, built on or across such thoroughfares, and

The figure in the superscript mentioned above the brackets in the Act indicate the serial number of the Act mentioned at the end of the Act.

(iii) the trees, fences, posts and other highway accessories and materials and material stacks on the thoroughfare or on land attached to the thoroughfare;

(d) motor vehicle means a motor vehicle as defined in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939 (Central Act IV of 1939);

(e) notification means a notification published in the official Gazette;

(f) permit means the document issued by an authority competent to issue it authorising the use of the vehicle as a public vehicle;

(g) prescribed means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(h) public place means a road, street, way or other place, whether a thoroughfare or not, to which the public have a right of access or over which they have a right to pass, and includes any place or stand at which passengers are picked up or set down by a public vehicle;

(i) public vehicle means any vehicle used or constructed or adapted to be used for the carriage of passengers or goods for hire or reward, other than a motor vehicle;

(j) Schedule means a Schedule to this Act;

(k) vehicle includes any wheeled conveyance drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of power including human, animal, motor, steam or electric power and includes any barrow, sledge, plough, drag or like vehicle, but does not include a motor vehicle.

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