Under this system, challans will be issued to offenders on the spot by using hand-held terminals and the data will be transferred to computer servers of Police and Road Transport Departments. These devices have the facility for swiping credit/debit cards to pay the penalties
Vehicle users will soon have one more reason to strictly adhere to traffic rules. The e-challan that the traffic police are now issuing to violators of road rules is all set to come with additional burden in the form of an increase in the ‘user charge’ component of the fine.
At present, Rs. 20 is being levied on each e-challan as user charge, and it is being shared by the police and the eSeva on 75:25 basis. Once the revised charges are implemented, the total user charge will shoot up to Rs. 35 per each challan. The City Police introduced the e-challan system in June last and have since then been sending the challans by courier to the postal address of the owners of the erring vehicle for a wide range of traffic violations. Without stopping the vehicle involved in a traffic violation, the traffic police simply note down its registration number and feed it at the end of the day into a computer to generate an e-challan with the help of the database of the Transport Department. Those who receive e-challan will have to pay it at the nearby eSeva centre within two weeks, and those who fail to make the payment will be dragged to a court of law.The minimum fine amount for each violation has been pegged at Rs. 100, in addition to Rs.20 as user charge. The police retain Rs. 15 towards dispatch charges and pass on the remaining Rs. 5 to eSeva towards user charge.
The City Police say that the decision to increase the user charge to Rs.35 has been taken by the Government, and it is only a matter of time before the decision is implemented. As the usual amount of fine levied for common violations like not wearing a helmet or seat belt is Rs.100, the new user charge, as and when it comes into force, would constitute one third of the actual fine.
(Rated by 1 Council Member)